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Hamada Shoji

Shoji Hamada – 1894-1978 – Lifelong working companion and friend of Bernard Leach together they maintained an east, west axis that was at the heart of their philosophy. He is regarded as one of the most influential masters of studio pottery, and has probably inspired more potters than any other figure. The simplicity of his designs gives them urgency and power. This man, who was once declared a ‘national living treasure’, is certainly the jewel in studio pottery’s crown.