Dish with Flower Bud Design
Shimaoka Tatsuzo (Japanese, 1919 – 2007)
DimensionsWork : 1 1/2 x 9 1/4 x 9 1/4 in. (3.81 x 23.5 x 23.5 cm)
Credit LineGift of Maurice Kawashima
LabelShimaoka Tatsuzo was an influential leader in Japan's Mingei Folk Art Movement during the second half of the 20th century. A former student of Mingei founder Hamada Shoji, Shimaoka developed a distinctive style of slip-decorated pottery that was inspired by ancient Japanese and Korean traditions. The ropey linear design around the edge of this dish and the highly stylized, almost abstract floral design in the center are classic characteristics of his work. Shimaoka was a generous teacher who welcomed many younger artists into his studio over the decades. For this work as well as his artistic achievements Shimaoka was designated as a Living National Treasure by the Japanese government in 1996.