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Boston, MA 02116




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June 2023

Director’s Note

Shoji Hamada

Squared bottle, kaki glaze with wax resist brushwork, c. 1965


8.25 x 5.75 x 3” | H41

Shinsaku Hamada

Flat bottle, brush decoration, 2023


8.5 x 6.5 x 4″ | HS113

Tomoo Hamada

Fluted spiral vase, salt glaze, 2023


8.25 x 8 x 8″ | HT430

“What is old and beautiful is always new and what is beautiful and new is always old.”

-Brother Thomas

The Old, the New, and the Beautiful

As we present the remarkable and intergenerational art of the Hamada family:


Shoji Hamada (1894-1978)

Shinsaku Hamada (b. 1929)

Tomoo Hamada (b. 1967)


it is worth reflecting on the Mingei—or “art of the people”—movement, co-founded by Shoji Hamada (with Soetsu Yanagi and Kawai Kanjiro) to recognize and preserve the art of the “Unknown Craftsman” (the name of Yanagi’s book on the Japanese insight into beauty). The movement began in Japan but eventually had proponents around the globe.


Shoji was immensely committed to creating art that combined function and form, of following the principle of Yo no bi—or “the beauty of use.” Function and form were wed so that a person’s daily utensils quietly enriched their life. Holding a work by him, or any of these consummate artists, communicates their gentle presence and offers human comfort through the privilege of beauty. What a supreme gift that requires attentiveness, and ultimately gratitude.


Shoji’s genius as a maker and decorator inspired not only his son, Shinsaku, who is still working at age 94, and his grandson, Tomoo, who is fully engaged at 54, but generations of clay artists.


Throughout the years, we have assembled a superior collection of nearly 50 works by Shoji, who was designated A Living National Treasure in 1955. See the e-catalogue to view all these works (along with new work by Shinsaku and Tomoo), and of course, please visit and hold them.


Old and new—each preserves and presents an invitation to behold Beauty.

The exhibition Everyday Beauty: Shoji Hamada, Shinsaku Hamada, and Tomoo Hamada will be on view at Pucker Gallery from 10 June through 9 July, 2023.

Click Here for the Exhibition Catalogue!

Tomoo Hamada

Vase, salt glaze


5.75 x 4 x 4″ | HT441

Shinsaku Hamada

Plate, kaki glaze with akae decoration


1.75 x 11 x 11″ | HS122

Shoji Hamada

Square bottle, clear glaze with tetsue brushwork and nuka detail


9.5 x 4 x 4″ | H95

Please visit www.puckergallery.com to view complete exhibition catalogues, shop artwork,

read artist biographies, and learn about our educational components.

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