A fine stoneware faceted lidded jar with rope and slip inlay by Tatsuzo Shimaoka, 1960-70s
6" x 6" x 4.5
Tatsuzo Shimaoka (1919-2007), was the leading disciple and student of Shoji Hamada (1894-1978), whom he succeeded as the preeminent potter of Mashiko, the ceramic-producing town northeast of Tokyo. Shimaoka, like Hamada before him, was well known outside Japan as well as within, and in 1996 was appointed a Living National Treasure by the Japanese government.
Tatsuzo Shimaoka's work is about the presence of the hand-made object and its natural power. The rope designs that decorate most of his work call up not only the rope designs from prehistoric pottery, but also echoes of his own life history, as his father was a rope maker.