October 18, 04:33 AM GMT
22,000 - 40,000 HKD
Hamada Shoji (1894-1978)
A set of six green-splashed dishes
「人間國寶」濱田庄司（1894 - 1978年）
Japanese wood box, the interior of the box cover inscribed with the name of the item, signed and with seal mark of the artist.
each d. 26.1 cm
Hamada Shoji was the first Japanese craftsman to be bestowed with the title as a ‘Living National Treasure’. He was a key figure of the mingei (folk-art) movement. Hamada started his professional pottery-making journey in 1913, when he studied ceramics at Tokyo Institute of Technology (later known as Tokyo Industrial College) under Itaya Hazan, a pioneer of modern Japanese ceramics. In 1924, he set up his studio in Mashiko and began to produce Mashiki ware using only locally sourced materials and tools. Hamada dedicated his life in promoting traditional Japanese crafts through pottery making, and transformed Mashiko – a historic pottery town since late Edo period – into a flourishing centre of Japanese folk crafts. He was awarded the Medals of Honour (Japan), Purple Ribbon in 1964, and the Order of Culture in 1968. Hamada achieved recognition internationally, his works are among the collections of the British Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.