Shinsaku HAMADA
Japanese, b. 1929


The second son of Shoji Hamada, Shinsaku followed his father’s profession, using the same materials and tools. He attended Waseda University in Tokyo, one of Japan’s elite universities, studying industrial arts to prepare for a career as a potter. After graduation, Shinsaku apprenticed in his father’s workshop, and in 1953–54 he served as an assistant to his father on his first visit to the United States. He also worked briefly with Bernard Leach at St. Ives in 1963. While the pots of father and son share many of the same sturdy, utilitarian shapes, Shinsaku’s approach to decoration and glazing differs from his father’s. He concentrates more on rhythm and pattern, using repeated forms; the repetitive geometric pattern of this pot is characteristic of Shinsaku’s style. Shinsaku, in his prime, could throw 75 teacups in an hour. He and his son, Tomoo Hamada, still reside in Mashiko, extending Shoji’s work across three generations of potters.


Palmer Museum of Art, The Pennsylvania State University, Gift of Class of 1974




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Mashiko stoneware; 7-12 x 5-1/2 in (9 x 14 cm)