Mashiko Ware Teacup (style of Hamada Shôji)Artist(s)Old Mashiko WareObject Creation Datecirca 1950-1960Medium & Supportstoneware with underglaze iron painting and translucent glazeDimensions
4 in. x 3 3/4 in. x 3 3/4 in. ( 10.1 cm x 9.5 cm x 9.5 cm )Credit LineGift of Mr. and Mrs. Stephen H. SpurrLabel copy
In 1924, Hamada Shôji moved to the town of Mashiko, a folk pottery center about two hours from central Tokyo. After studying in Kyoto and England, he was intent on creating ceramics in this renowned rural kiln where over a period of hundreds of years, pots and other wares had been produced for everyday use. At first the young, educated potter was not welcomed by the community, but gradually he became part of it, and Mashiko’s rough clay, dark brown glaze made from local stones, and simple drawing style became essential elements of his work.
The Mingei movement expanded both nationally and internationally during the postwar period as the reputations of its major artists grew. Hamada and fellow-potter Kawai, the textile artist Serizawa Keisuke (1895–1984), and the printmaker Munakata Shikô (1903–1975) exhibited their work widely and won prizes at international art competitions. As a result, traditional folk pottery by anonymous potters began to be valued and collected. The movement also inspired a younger generation of studio potters, including Tamura Kôichi and Ôta Kumao, who created strikingly modern works using the traditional forms of folk pottery as a point of departure.
(Turning Point exhibition, Spring 2010)Subject matter
Tea bowl for tea or ceremony.Physical Description
Stoneware tea bowl with short foot that flares out into the base of the tea bowl, and bends gently back inwards, until flaring slightly at the lip of the piece. Underglaze design of a circle and stylized design or plant decorates the side of the bowl.Primary Object Classification Ceramic Primary Object TypecupAdditional Object Classification(s)Decorative ArtsCollection AreaAsianRights
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cups (drinking vessels)