Hamada Shoji 濱田庄司 1894-1978


Art Institute of Chicago

Brooklyn Museum

Dallas Museum of Art

Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Saint Louise Art Museum

Minneapolis Institute of Art

Asian Art Museum, San Francisco

The Cleveland Museum of Art

Yale University Art Gallery

Museum of Fine Art, Boston

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Victoria and Albert Museum, UK

Tate Museum, UK

Bristol Museum, UK

Auckland Museum, New Zealand

National Gallery of Australia

Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, Australia

Japan Foundation, Tokyo

The Museum of Ceramic Art, Hyogo

The National Museum of Art, Osaka

The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto

The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo



1894 Born in Tokyo

1913 Studied at the Tokyo Technical College with Hazan Itaya (1872-1963). Came to know Kanjiro Kawai (1890-1966)

1912 Saw and attracted to Raku ware by Kenkichi Tomimoto (1886-1963) and Bernard Leach (1887-1979) at Mikasa Gallery, Ginza Tokyo 

1914 Became interested in Mashiko pottery after seeing a teapot at Itaya Hazan’s home

1916 Graduated from Tokyo Technical College and enrolled at Kyoto Ceramics Research, Came to know Kenkichi Tomimoto 

Traveled with Kawai and visited to kilns in Okinawa and Kyushu  

Began 10,000 glaze experiments with Kawai

1918 Visited Okinawa with Kawai for the first time 

1919 Visited Barnard Leach in Abiko and met Muneyoshi Yanagi (1889-1961)  Traveled to Korea and Manchuria, China with Kawai

1920 Visited Mashiko for the first time.  Traveled to England with Leach and help building a climbing kiln (Nobori-gama) at St. Ives. Create pieces at Leach’s place

1923 First solo exhibition, Parterson Gallery, London. 

1924 Traveled to France, Italy, Crete and Egypt.  Introduced Kawai and Yanagi.  Move to Mashiko, and married.  Worked with slipware with Kawai.  Visited Okinawa with his wife and produced his works at Tsuboya workshop

1925 First solo exhibition in Japan, Kyukyodo, Tokyo

Visited northern archeological sites with Kawai and Yanagi

1927 Solo exhibitions in Osaka and Kyukyodo, Tokyo.  Traveled to Kyushu with Yanagi and Kawai to research on crafts 

1928 Solo exhibition, Kyukyoso, Tokyo

1929 Exhibitions, Peterson Gallery in London 

1930 Participated in the England-Japan Contemporary Crafts Exhibition with Kawai and Tomimoto. Moved to a farmhouse from nearby village and rebuilt it as his own home in Mashiko.  Traveled with Yanagu and Kawai to Seto area for a research 

1931 Started a magazine “Kogei” with Yanagi and Kawai.  Built 3-chamber Nobori-gama kiln in Mashiko.  Solo exhibitions at Peterson Gallery, London, Mitsu Osaka 

1933 Traveled to kiln sites in Kyushu with Kawai and Yanagi

1936-43  Traveled throughout Korea, North China and Okinawa

Collected old and new folk art, 3 artist exhibition with Kawai and Tomimoto, Kyukyodo, Tokyo

1949 Tochigi Prefecture Culture Award

1952 Traveled with Yanagi and Leach throughout Europe and the U.S. to give lectures and demonstrations

1953 Exhibition with Kawai and Leach, Osaka.  Minister of Education Award for Art

1954 Three-artist Exhibition with Kawai and Leach, Daimaru Department Store, Kobe.  Four-artist Exhibition with Kawai, Leach and Tomimoto, Takashimaya, Tokyo.  

1955 Designated as the first  Living National Treasure

1956 The 30th Anniversary Exhibition, Hokkaido and Utsunomiya.  Exhibition with Kawai, Matsuzakaya Department Store, Nagoya.  Solo exhibition, Mitsukoshi Department, Tokyo.

1957 Solo exhibitions, Mitsukoshi Department Store, Osaka and Tokyo.

1958 Solo exhibitions, Mitsukoshi Department Store, Osaka and Tokyo.

1959 Traveled to Okinawa to make pieces.  Exhibition with a Mingei textile artist, Keisuke Serizawa, Hokkaido.  Exhibition with Yanagi.  Solo exhibition, Mitsukoshi Department Store, Tokyo. 

1960Exhibition with Yanagi and Kawai, Hokkaido. Solo exhibition, Mitsukoshi Department Store, Tokyo.

1961 Solo exhibition, Mitsukoshi Department Store, and “Shoji Hamada Collected Works” was published by Asahi Shimbun Newspaper edited by Yanagi.  Two-artist exhibition with Leach, Dai maru Department.

1962 Appointed Director of the Japanese Folk Art.

1963 With second son, Shinsaku, held workshops and exhbitions throughout the U.S.  Visited Mexico and Spain.

1965 Invited to New Zealand and Australia with third son, Atsuya.

1967 Invited to the 50th Anniversary of Michigan University and received honorary LLD degree and exhibited works.

1968 Solo exhibition in Denmark. Visited Leach in St. Ives with his wife and a daughter, Hisako. Okinawa Times Award. Order of Purple from Emperor

1969 Visited Hong Kong and met Leach. Traveled to Okinawa.  Became an Honorary Citizen of Mashiko.

1970Appointed to the director of Japan Mingei Museum in Osaka World Expo.  Solo exhibition, Mitsukoshi Department Store, Osaka and Tokyo.

1971Solo exhibition, Mitsukoshi Department Store, Osaka and Tokyo.

1972Solo exhibition, Mitsukoshi Department Store, Osaka and Tokyo.

1973Received Honorary Degree from London Royal Art College.  Traveled to Wajima with Leach.  Traveled to Scotland. 

1974 Appointed to the director of Japan Mingei Craft Association. Solo exhibition, Mitsukoshi Department Store, Osaka.  Hospitalized.  Exhibition “Shoji Hamada: Eyes and Hands” at Tochigi Prefectural Museum.

1975 Exhibition “Shoji Hamada: Eyes and Hands” at Hanshin Department Store in Osaka, Temmaya in Okayama.  Solo exhibition, Mitsukoshi Department Store, Tokyo.

1976 Solo exhibition, Mitsukoshi Department Store, Tokyo.

1977 Exhibition “Shoji Hamada” at Tokyo National Modern Museum.  Mashiko Reference Center is opened.

1978 Passed away in Mashiko, Japan.