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Shōji Hamada (1894-1978)1967Mashiko / JapanStoneware with an iron glaze27,5 x 18 x 9 cm

In the West, Shōji Hamada is one of the most famous artists of the mingei-movement. The movement was formed in the 1920s as a reaction to industrialisation and the subsequent westernization of Japan during the Meiji-period (1868-1912). Its members strove to revive the functional and beautiful design of everyday objects, as it was thought that folk art enabled beautiful objects to be created in a natural sense. Due to this belief, Hamada modelled his ceramics after the style of folk art. He often gave his vases an angular shape, which he created with the help of a model. He always applied the décor in a quick and carefree manner, which allowed rich contrast.