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Pucker Gallery
Boston
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Shoji Hamada, a Living National Treasure in his time, was one of the most influential potters of the 20th century. He spent time working in Mashiko, Japan, as well as St. Ives in England. Hamada was first interested in painting, but discarded it in favor of pottery, figuring, "Even a bad pot has some use, but with a bad painting there is nothing you can do with it except throw it away." Hamada did not receive his training through a traditional apprenticeship, but at the Tokyo Industrial College.

Hamada's work was influenced by a wide variety of folk ceramics, including English medieval pottery, Okinawan stonewares and Korean pottery. His works were not merely copies of the styles he studied, but were unique products of his own creative energy. Hamada had no desire to become a folk potter, but his great respect for the artisan's craft led him to draw as much as possible from folk traditions. Hamada's influence on potters around the world is incalculable, and the village in which he settled, Mashiko, north of Tokyo, has become synonymous with Japanese folk ceramics.

Collected by a major museum
Tate
Selected exhibitions
2021
Ceramics by Hamada Three Generations and Artwork by Saul SteinbergPucker Gallery
Fine Choices 2021Pucker Gallery
2018
Shoji HamadaOxford Ceramics Gallery
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Hexagonal vase, black and kaki glaze, 1970

Stoneware
8 × 3 3/4 × 3 3/4 in
20.3 × 9.5 × 9.5 cm
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$5,000 - 7,500
Location
Boston
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PG
Pucker Gallery
Boston
Medium

Shoji Hamada, a Living National Treasure in his time, was one of the most influential potters of the 20th century. He spent time working in Mashiko, Japan, as well as St. Ives in England. Hamada was first interested in painting, but discarded it in favor of pottery, figuring, "Even a bad pot has some use, but with a bad painting there is nothing you can do with it except throw it away." Hamada did not receive his training through a traditional apprenticeship, but at the Tokyo Industrial College.

Hamada's work was influenced by a wide variety of folk ceramics, including English medieval pottery, Okinawan stonewares and Korean pottery. His works were not merely copies of the styles he studied, but were unique products of his own creative energy. Hamada had no desire to become a folk potter, but his great respect for the artisan's craft led him to draw as much as possible from folk traditions. Hamada's influence on potters around the world is incalculable, and the village in which he settled, Mashiko, north of Tokyo, has become synonymous with Japanese folk ceramics.

Collected by a major museum
Tate
Selected exhibitions (3)
Other works from Ceramics by the Hamadas and Photographs by Paul Caponigro
Other works by Shōji Hamada
Other works from Pucker Gallery
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