Short Beer Mug From Hamada Kiln (HMD-010)

About Mashiko Pottery

Mashiko is a town located about 3 hours northeast of Tokyo by train. Its signature style of pottery was defined largely by Shoji Hamada and British potter Bernard Leach in the 1920s. Hamada and Leach also helped to establish "Mingei," the Japanese folk art movement of the 1920s and '30s, following its inception by their friend Yanagi Soetsu, a philosopher and artist. Hamada's collection of Japanese ceramics and lacquerware, alongside his own considerable body of work, were instrumental in defining Mingei and establishing the techniques of Mashiko style pottery, which are now practiced at 380 kilns in the area.

Due to its abundant natural resources, Mashiko was a center of pottery production even before Hamada's work there. The hilly terrain is perfect for building "noborigama," or multi-chambered climbing kilns; the hills themselves are forested with "akamatsu" pine trees, whose hot-burning wood is used to fire the ceramics; and local soils, minerals, and plant ashes are often used to make Mashiko's characteristic glazes.

About The Artist

Tomoo Hamada is the grandson of Shoji Hamada, and after his father, Shinsaku, he is the third in the line of Hamada potters. Tomoo grew up working with clay in his father's and grandfather's studios, and went on to study in the Sculpture Department at Tama Art University. Today, Tomoo Hamada maintains a strong relationship with his family's traditions, both as he produces his own inventive work and in managing the production of classic Hamada pieces at the Hamada Kiln.

- Dimensions: 3" across x 4.25" tall

Made in Japan


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