Events

Shoji Hamada : 40 Years On -Exhibition at the Leach Pottery

10 December 2018-24 February 2019
The Leach Pottery, Higher Stennack, St Ives, Cornwall, UK, TR26 2HE
Hamada At Work Image Courtesy Of The Consulate General Of Japan
  • Overview

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.

View: List of Works

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.

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