Tatsuzo Shimaoka

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Tatsuzo Shimaoka

39.99

Stoneware Teacup

- Glazed stoneware with inlaid slip
- Height 3 3/8 in, mouth 3 1/4 in
- Signed with box

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About the work

A later work by Tatsuzo Shimaoka (1919-2007). The distinctive decorative pattern on this piece is a nice example of the rope-impressed inlaid slip technique (Joman Zogan) that led to Shimaoka being awarded title of National Living Treasure (Ningen Kokuho). 

Tatsuzo Shimaoka 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.

The hallmark of Shimaoka's work was his use of rope-impressed patterning. While this was partly a result of his father having been a rope-maker, it was more to do with the fact that the area of Japan in which Mashiko is situated is home to numerous prehistoric sites once occupied by the Jomon (lit. 'cord pattern') people, whose name is derived from the rich variety of earthenwares decorated with rope-impressed patterns that was a key characteristic of their culture. 

References: Online web site for the Victoria and Albert Museum, which holds numerous works by Shimaoka. 

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