Japan pottery lineage of Hamada Tomoo

It is interesting to observe that Japan has about thirty potters that are considered National Treasures and as such their pieces can command a high price. A pottery piece in Japan can be valued as highly as a framed painting.  From a collecting perspective, any signed piece from any of the Japanese potters with a family lineage  is usually worthwhile. Pottery from the Edo period or from the famous pottery centers is also collectible.
The Japanese potter, Hamada Tomoo continues to evolve  his families techniques, using their legendary Mashiko kiln, in new directions with his original designs using traditional materials.
Hamada Tomoo  is the grandson of Hamada Shoji, a Japanese  “National Living Treasure” and the major figure of the mingei folk-art movement.
 Tawara vase – Tomoo Hamada



As stated by Japanese Art historian, Andrew Maske  :


“The world of traditional ceramics in Japan naturally places great emphasis on lineage. Lines of potters that began in the late sixteenth or early seventeenth century are now in their fourteenth or fifteenth generations.  A lineage of only three generations may seem insignificant by comparison, but  the Hamada family makes it clear that it is not the length of the line that is most important, but rather the quality of the work.“  Hamada Tomoo’s pottery utilize essentially the same materials as those of Hamada Shinsaku(his father) and Hamada Shoji (his grandfather ) – glazes like reddish brown kaki, brown tenmoku, cobalt blue, white rice straw ash, bluish-white namako, green seiji, black kurogusuri, creamy nuka, translucent namijiro, and runny-green wood ash, all used to cover a speckled tan clay dug and formulated right in Mashiko”.
“Unlike his elders, however, Tomoo has become much more daring in the use of unconventional shapes, extensive application of overglaze enameled decorations, and surface textures. In particular, his tiered flasks  are very progressive, and unlike anything seen before in a mingei genre. It is clear that Tomoo has been looking beyond the works of his forebears, examining works from the early English Arts and Crafts movement, and even from art nouveau.”



Shoji Hamada ceramic bottle
Mashiko Museum of Ceramic Art



Shoji-Hamada square bottle
 Shoji Hamada
Below are some pieces created by Hamada Tomoo reflecting quality and innovation :

Salt Glaze Bottle – Tomoo Hamada



Mashiko Plate Hamada Tomoo
 Tomoo Hamada plate



Mashiko Plates Hamada Tomoo
 Tomoo Hamada



Hamada Tomoo Ceramic Plate

Mashiko woodfired plate – Tomoo Hamada



Hamada Tomoo Mashiko Cearmic  plate with alternate green and brown concentirc circles Mashiko Plate Tomoo Hamada

( Robert Yellin Gallery )



Tomoo-Hamada---Vase japanese




 Mashiko Guinomi-Sake Cups

Mashiko Guinomi Sake Cups



tomoo-hamada-ceramic vessel

Tomoo Hamada



3 Mashiko Guinomi-Sake Cups Hamada Tomoo  Mashiko Guinomi Saki Cups



Hamada tomoo cearamic jarHamada Tomoo Mashiko Henko jar


Hamada Tomoo Chawan's

Two chawans – Tomoo Hamada




Blue bottle – Tomoo Hamada

Tomoo Hamada Vase Tomoo Hamada Vase, Black glaze with akae decoration stoneware




Tomoo Hamada Footed Bowl Tomoo Hamada Footed Bowl Salt glaze stoneware Pucker Gallery



Stoneware Vessel – Matsuzaki Ken


Tomoo Hamada



 Kaki glaze with akae decoration on large plate in brown, white and black by Tomoo HamadaLarge Plate, Kaki glaze with akae decoration – Tomoo Hamada




Tomoo Harada Japanese vase



Japanese white glazed vase with akae decoration

White glaze vase with akae decoration Tomoo Hamada



Shoji Hamada :



Faceted vase and lidded jar- Shoji Hamada





Shoji Hamada





Hamada show –  Asahi Beer Oyamazaki Villa Museum Kyoto, Japan

Saimo_mx70 flickr





Hamada Shoji–salt glaze bottle

The Horio Mikio Collection






Shoji Hamada teapot





Hamada Shoji ash glaze bowl with inlay and iron black painted decoration


The Horio Mikio Collection Asian Art




Covered Jar,-Tetsue brushwork,-1945,-Stoneware

Stoneware covered jar, Tetsue brushwork  – Shoji Hamada






Shoji Hamada





  1. Seena
    Posted September 17, 2013 at 4:57 pm | Permalink

    Hello, I have a beautiful square plate and I am wondering if it was created by one of the members of the Hamada family of potters. If I send an image of it will you be able to tell me if it is authentic?
    I would so greatly appreciate it. Thank you very much. Also, I would need a different email that would accept images from my email.

    Seena Gee

  2. Genevieve Navarre
    Posted June 12, 2015 at 3:40 pm | Permalink

    I am a potter in Mashiko and I know Hamada Tomoo and his work. I also know Matsuzaki Ken, and the photo of a red vase (actually red shino) 15th photo from the top on this article/page about Hamada Tomoo is a work by Matsuzaki Ken. Could you please correct that mistake ?

  3. Posted January 6, 2024 at 4:23 pm | Permalink

    I have acquired 7 Shoji Hamada plates from my g-mother’s estate. Who would I contact for value and how do I vet dealers who maybe interested in procuring?
    Thank you kindly,

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