Stoneware bottle, Japan

Stoneware bottle, Japan

Stoneware bottle
Made by Hamada Shoji (1894-1978)
Japan, Mashiko
About 1931
Stoneware, with off-white glaze
Museum no. Circ.348-1939
Given by the Contemporary Art Society

Hamada Shoji was a leading artist of the Japanese folk craft movement. He was closely associated with its founder, Yanagi Soetsu, and the pioneer English studio potter, Bernard Leach, with whom he worked in the 1920s. Like other members of the movement, he was an admirer of Korean ceramics. This is evident in the bottle's faceting and off-white glaze.