Tatsuzo Shimaoka

Represented by Pucker Gallery since 1992

BORN: 1919 in Tokyo, Japan
DIED: 2007 in Mashiko, Japan

Tatsuzo Shimaoka lived and worked in Mashiko, Japan, a town renowned for its pottery traditions. Originally, Shimaoka studied pottery at the Tokyo Institute of Technology and then apprenticed under Shoji Hamada (1894-1978) before establishing his own kiln and complex in Mashiko in 1953. From 1950 to 1953, Shimaoka worked at Tochigi Prefecture Ceramic Research Center where he developed many of his signature rope inlay decoration techniques. From the 1960s to the 80s, Shimaoka traveled around the world and was invited to exhibit in North America, Asia, and Europe. In Japan, he was given many awards for his distinguished work and contribution to traditional Japanese folk art. The technique of jomon zogon (rope-impressed inlay) earned him the honor of Japanese Living National Treasure in 1996.

 

Past Exhibitions:

     Tatsuzo Shimaoka  Faceted jar, rope and slip inlay with ash glaze  Stoneware 8.5 x 7.75 x 7.75” 73 with wooden box

Tatsuzo Shimaoka
Faceted jar, rope and slip inlay with ash glaze
Stoneware
8.5 x 7.75 x 7.75”
73
with wooden box

     Tatsuzo Shimaoka  Large platter, rope and slip inlay with wax resist brushwork  Stoneware 3.5 x 18 x 18” 58 with wooden box

Tatsuzo Shimaoka
Large platter, rope and slip inlay with wax resist brushwork
Stoneware
3.5 x 18 x 18”
58
with wooden box

     Tatsuzo Shimaoka  Jar with lugs, rope and slip inlay with cobalt blue salt glaze  Stoneware 8 x 7 x 7” 71 with wooden box

Tatsuzo Shimaoka
Jar with lugs, rope and slip inlay with cobalt blue salt glaze
Stoneware
8 x 7 x 7”
71
with wooden box

     Tatsuzo Shimaoka  Vase, rope and slip inlay with cobalt blue salt glaze  Stoneware 9.25 x 7.25 x 7.25” 146 with wooden box

Tatsuzo Shimaoka
Vase, rope and slip inlay with cobalt blue salt glaze
Stoneware
9.25 x 7.25 x 7.25”
146
with wooden box

     Tatsuzo Shimaoka  Bottle, rope and slip inlay with wax resist overglaze enamel decoration  Stoneware 9.25 x 7.5 x 7.5” 152 with wooden box

Tatsuzo Shimaoka
Bottle, rope and slip inlay with wax resist overglaze enamel decoration
Stoneware
9.25 x 7.5 x 7.5”
152
with wooden box