Mashiko

      Mashiko-yaki (Mashiko ware) from Tochigi Prefecture is a prime example of the folkcraft revival, or Mingei movement, that took place in Japan in the early 20th century. Mashiko ware was first produced during the Edo era (1603-1867) as simple utilitarian pottery for everyday use, but began to decline in popularity at the beginning of the 20th century. It was not until the artists Soetsu Yanagi, Shoji Hamada and Kanjiro Kawai started the Mingei movement in the early 1920s that it was revived. The distinctive folkcraft appearance and modest simplicity of Mashiko ware are a few of its many appealing features.
     Hamada Shoji, a lifelong friend of Yanagi Soetsu and arguably one of the most well-known folkcraft potters of the 20th Century, later made Mashiko-yaki famous throughout the world. Establishing his studio and home in Mashiko, Hamada embraced the ideals of the Mingei movement and created pots of modest simplicity, with a human touch. This same spirit can still be found in Mashiko-yaki today.



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Mashiko Kuro Nuka Kaki No Mi

Mashiko Kuro Nuka Kaki No Mi

This circular plate is decorated Mashiko-style with dramatic leafed branches sharing a single central red fruit, all framed with a black border. ...
$67.50

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Mashiko Namijiro Kaki No Mi

Mashiko Namijiro Kaki No Mi

12-1/4" diameter.
$67.50

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Mashiko Vase "Shun-Ka-Shu-Tou"

Mashiko Vase "Shun-Ka-Shu-Tou"

Vase showing calligraphy for the four seasons:      natsu - summer      aki - fall      fuyu - winter      tsuyu - spring Size:  8-1/8" diameter...
$150.00

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Mashiko Teapot Kazari Ao Youhen

Mashiko Teapot Kazari Ao Youhen

This large ceramic teapot has an irregular shape with deep blue glaze and wooden handle. 11" height x 8" length x 7" width; 108 ounces...
$250.00

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