Squat Vase with Ash Glaze
Kamoda Shoji (Japanese, 1933 – 1983)
DimensionsWork : 8 1/2 x 11 x 11 in. (21.59 x 27.94 x 27.94 cm)
Credit LineGift of Maurice Kawashima
LabelThe mottled surface of this squat vase was created when flakes of wood ash landed on its red-hot clay body inside the kiln, reacting with minerals in the clay to create a natural glaze. After studying with master Tomimoto Kenkichi at the Kyoto Municipal College of Art, Kamoda Shoji made a name for himself in the early 1960s with his superbly potted, sparsely decorated stonewares that were simultaneously traditional and yet thoroughly modern. Kamoda won several major awards in the late 1960s and early 70s and was on his way to becoming a star in the Japanese ceramics world when he died tragically of leukemia just shy of his fiftieth birthday.