Shoji Hamada met Leach at potter Soetsu Yanagi’s home in Japan 1918. He came to Britain with Leach in 1920 and worked with him in St Ives between 1920 and 1923. Initially Leach and Hamada worked in earthenware with slip decoration and were admirers of the folk pottery of Edwin Beer Fishley. Hamada returned to Japan in 1923 and set up his pottery in Mashiko in 1930 where he produced ‘Mingei’ folk pottery. In his piece he has used stoneware and a resist technique on the diagonal stripes across the pot.
This dish is one of a collection of nearly fifty pieces which were donated to RAMM by the Contemporary Arts Society in 1942 and 1943. Ernest Marsh, a founder member of the Society in 1910, had been purchasing studio potters’ work throughout 1920s and 1930s. In 1943 the Society made donations to numerous museums such as RAMM. Many of RAMM’s significant pieces of studio ceramics come from this wartime donation.

Object Summary

Accession Loan No.
Collection Class
Studio ceramics
stoneware | | | |
Common Name
Simple Name
Period Classification
Inter War (1918-1939); World War II (1939-1945)
Production Town
? St. Ives
Production County
? Cornwall
Production Country
United Kingdom: England
Production Person Initials
Production Person Surname
Production Year Low
Production Year High

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