Hamada-gama

Hamada-gama
Hamada Kiln

Needless to say, Shoji Hamada is the founder of the folk ceramics movement. He opened his kiln in Mashiko, Tochigi Prefecture. Regarding the milestones of his creative career, Hamada said he “found his way in Kyoto, began in England, learned in Okinawa and grew in Mashiko.” Infusing knowledge, sense, and techniques he had cultivated from different places into Mashiko’s culture and material, Hamada produced original works. Hamada kiln has led Mashiko to grow into a major ceramics production area and continues to do so. Currently, Shoji’s second son Shinsaku (second generation master), grandson (third generation master, family head) are co-running the kiln and keep making traditional Hamada tableware products.