Shimaoka Tatsuzo was the second potter hailing from Mashiko to be designated the title of Living National Treasure. Trained under Hamada Shoji, he established his own kiln in Mashiko in 1953. His works are highly skilled technically, his Jomon-era inspired rope-impressed inlay decoration technique (Jomon Zogan), earned him the designation of LNT in 1996. This is an earlier work, before Shimaoka experimented and established his rope inlay designs. It is in line with Mingei tenets, and one may see the decorative influences of Hamada Shoji in this plate. It is a fantastic precursor to the artist’s renown works, with color, composition, and form preluding his flourish in later works.