Artist: Shoji Hamada (1894-1978)
Title: Square Bottle Vase
Date: 20th century
Dimensions: (W) 14.8 (H) 23.3 (D) 7 cm
A square shaped bottle vase with ash glaze and testu-e iron-oxide brushwork design. Signed on original fitted box ‘Shoji Hamada’.
A signature piece by the potter Shōji Hamada. Designated as a Living National Treasure in 1955, Hamada was famed for his return to folk crafts (mingei), establishing the small town of Mashiko as a centre of pottery. Hamada espoused simplicity of form in his works, particularly notable in his sugar cane motifs which decorate the lighter segments of the grid design of the vase. Such brushwork was a meditative feat; by expelling any pretentiousness or preconceived artistic ideals in his works, Hamada strived to reach a style and feeling of innocence through his craft.