Friday, April 3, 2009

more about Hamada

I posted video of Japanese potter Shoji Hamada throwing items in 1968 a couple of days ago. He is one of the people credited with reviving the studio potter movement after industry took over the manufacture of dishware in the 1800s. ANYWAY, I was chatting with my pal Tom about Hamada yesterday. Simple and humble and beautiful pieces, like an old fashioned country (Japanese countryside) potter would make. He was so humble he refused to sign his pots, which were exceedingly valuable--thousands of dollars apiece. But he would sign the BOX the pot was sold in. This is a wonderful look at his pottery. And their boxes.

5 comments:

Jerry said...

0:35 and 1:29...swoon!

Emily SIL said...

Those are some stunningly beautiful pots. I can see where he would be an inspiration. Thank you for posting that one.

kcinnova said...

Those boxes are works of art, too!

Tricia said...

Gorgeous!

ML said...

Sigh! As a great lover of things oriental, I'm sitting here yearning for any ONE of those gorgeous pieces. Maybe in another world?
But then I have quite a few Gary Riths to keep me happy, so I ain't really complainin'!