School of Art

Contact Details

School of Art
Aberystwyth University
Buarth Mawr
SY23 1NG

Tel: +44 (0)1970 622460

Fax: +44 (0)1970 622461


Display artist/maker:

Shoji Hamada

Born: 1894, Japan, Kanagawa   Died: 1978, Tochiji

Ceramicist. Studied ceramics at Tokyo Technical College, 1913-16. In 1918 he met Bernard Leach and worked with him the following year at Leach's studio at Abiko. They then both moved to England in 1920 where Hamada initially researched slipware at the British Museum before moving to Cornwall to help Leach establish his pottery in St Ives. He returned to Japan in 1924 but continued to travel widely and undertook numerous demonstration tours in America during the 1950s and 60s. His work was acknowledged by honorary doctorates from Michigan University and Kings College, London and in Japan by being the first to be awarded a 'National Living Treasure'. He was also President of the Japan Folk Crafts Museum. His work was simple, only rarely signed and often decorated with a sugar cane motif

Objects in the collections associated with this artist/maker

[Bowl] C209 Ceramics

[Dish] C214 Ceramics

[Greyish bowl with a foot, inlaid white slip decoration] C210 Ceramics

[Jar] C205 Ceramics

[Jug] C208 Ceramics

[Jug] C211 Ceramics

[Jug] C212 Ceramics

[Lidded box] C206 Ceramics

[Plate] C213 Ceramics

[Teapot] C207 Ceramics

[Vase] C203 Ceramics

[Vase] C204 Ceramics