Shoji Hamada: 40 Years On

Shoji Hamada: 40 Years On
Leach Pottery

When: 08 December 2018 to 24 February 2019
Where: Leach Pottery Entrance Gallery
Cost: None
Suitable for: Any age

The Leach Pottery proudly presents this significant touring exhibition marking the 40th anniversary of the death of Hamada (1894-1978) - generally regarded as one of the greatest potters of the 20th century, and one of the figures who initiated Britain’s modern studio pottery movement.

“Of all the men I have known, nobody has achieved such a balance between the faculties of heart, head and hand as Hamada.”

Bernard Leach, 1974

Comprising 40 pots, from superb resist and brush decorated bottles and generously glazed jugs to Hamada’s incomparable tea bowls, yunomi and crisply cut boxes, this show is a retrospective of his best work from the early 1920s to the 1970s. The pots are drawn from important private collections, including a tea bowl that was in the possession of Bernard Leach.

The exhibition has travelled to St Ives after showing at Oxford Ceramics Gallery, and it is a fitting tribute for Hamada’s pots to show at the Leach Pottery – the place established by Hamada and Bernard Leach in 1920, almost 100 years ago.

This is a rare opportunity to see the work of a modern master.

All works for sale. Prices from £800 to £6500.

Exhibition Gallery

Shoji Hamada at Work. Image courtesy of the Consulate General of Japan.

Shoji Hamada Bowl. Image: Michael Harvey, Oxford Ceramics Gallery.
Shoji Hamada Chawan. Image: Michael Harvey, Oxford Ceramics Gallery.
Shoji Hamada Faceted Teapot. Image: Michael Harvey, Oxford Ceramics Gallery.
Shoji Hamada Okinawa Style Teabowl. Image: Michael Harvey, Oxford Ceramics Gallery.

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