Tatsuzo Shimaoka (Japanese, 1919 - 2007)
Inlaid Stoneware Vase, 1969
Stoneware 10 3/4 in. x 4 1/8 in. x 4 1/8 in. (27.31 cm x 10.48 cm x 10.48 cm)
Crocker Art Museum, Hubert A. Arnold Collection1991.19.304.a
The Japanese government named the potter Shimaoka Tatsuzo a Living National Treasure (ningen kokuho) in 1996. He had begun to study pottery at Tokyo Technical University in 1939, but the following year became a student of Shoji Hamada (1894–1978), one of the co-founders of the Mingei movement. Following World War II, during which time he served in Burma, Shimaoka set up a pottery kiln in Mashiko, next to Hamada’s kiln. In the 1960s, he toured Europe and was thereafter recognized as a cultural ambassador for the Mingei movement.