Bottle with Sugar Cane

Artist: Hamada Shōji (Japanese, 1894–1978)

Period: Shōwa period (1926–89)

Date: ca. 1960

Culture: Japan

Medium: Stoneware with painted decoration on iron-oxide glaze

Dimensions: H. 8 in. (20.3 cm)

Classification: Ceramics

Credit Line: Purchase, Rogers Fund and Richard and Peggy Danziger and Anonymous Gifts, 1994

Accession Number: 1994.289


Hamada was one of the most influential ceramicists of the folk art, or mingei, tradition in Japan, which extolled the innate expressiveness of earlier work by anonymous craftsmen. This bottle represents the artist’s distinctive style—a synthesis of influences from varied sources. Hamada was a close friend of the British studio potter Bernard Leach and briefly worked with him in Cornwall.