Shoji Hamada : Flower vase


Date: October 3 - October 29, 2017 (Closed on Mondays)

During this October, we are holding a special exhibition focusing on Shoji Hamada and Kanjiro Kawai.

In this exhibition, we are focusing on their works made around post-war period.

Kanjiro Kawai : Tea bowl



We hope you enjoy this special exhibition on the 3rd floor.


We are always showing contemporary artists' works on the 1st floor and 2nd floor.
We look forward to welcoming you this autumn.


Shoji Hamada
    浜田 庄司

1894 Born in Kawasaki, Kanagawa prefecture.

1916 Graduated from Tokyo Institute of Technology.
         Entered Kyoto Ceramic Experimental Station.

1920 Visited England invited by Bernard Leach.

1924 Stayed in Okinawa and Kyoto after coming back in Japan.

1926 Began Mingei movement with Soetsu Yanagi and Kanjiro Kawai.

1931 Built ascending kiln in Mashiko, Tochigi prefecture.

1955 Designated as a Living National Treasure.

1968 Awarded an Order of Cultural Merit

1978 Passed away at the age of 84.


Kanjiro Kawai 河井 寛次郎

1890 Born in Aki city, Shimane prefecture.

1914 Completed ceramic industrial course at current Tokyo Institute of technology.

         Worked at Kyoto research institute for ceramics.

1920 Began ceramics at Gojozaka in Kyoto.
         Named his studio as 'Shokeiyo' (Shokei kiln)
         Produced pieces which got ideas from Chinese wares.

1922 Gained a great reputation after a solo exhibition in Tokyo.

1924 Influenced by slipwares.

1926 Involved with Mingei movement with Soetsu Yanagi and Shoji Hamada.
         Produced pieces of simple form with unique design. 

1937 Won a Grand prix at the Paris Universal Exposition.

1949 More creative pieces were produced afterwards.

1966 Passed away at the age of 76.