Swanica explores Japan

Monday, July 10, 2006

In the next couple of days, we visited Hamada Shinsaku, Shimaoka Tatsuzo and Ken Matsuzaki.

Hamada Shinsaku is Hamada's Shoji's second son. He is born in 1929 in Tokyo.

He studied Art and Craft at Waseda University before becoming an apprentice with his father at his pottery at Mashiko. In 1963 he came to the Leach potery with Shoji before traveling for a year visiting the USA as an assistant to him for his lecture on ceramic arts. At the Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi Store art Gallery in Tokyo in 1970 he held his first one-man exhibition. Since then he travelled extensively and held many exhibitions and Tougei(ceramic art) demonstrations.

Glazed cups.

He lives next to the Reference Museum of which he is director. He showed us around his compound and saw his workshops and beautiful noborigama(climbing kiln), which he fires in spring and autumn. Summer and winter are either too hot or too cold.

The Noborigama.

Ware ready to
be sold.

Assistants, "deshi", were glazing pots when we arrived. We received a book with pictures of his work in honor of his 77th birthday.

His son, Hamada Tomoo, is well known too.


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