Long considered by many experts to be the greatest Japanese ceramic artist of the 20th century, KAMODA SHŌJI was able to accomplish in half a lifetime what other artists struggle to partially attain in double the time. In an unrivalled period of productivity from 1967-78, Kamoda transformed the aesthetic appreciation of modern ceramics in Japan. Always nominally functional, his stoneware “vessels” are ever imaginative in form, line, balance, glazing and decorative adornment. Form, surface and pattern are created in unison as a single unit. To this day, after his premature death at age forty-nine, clay artists continue to imitate and reinterpret his numerous inventive forms and surface designs. Enormously popular in his own lifetime, his shows typically sold out within hours of opening.
Tall rectangular vessel with blue and white enameled banner pattern
Glazed stoneware with enamel inlay
17 x 5 1/2 x 5 3/4 inches
White-glazed vessel with wide mouth and tapering lower body with vertical triple ribbon patterns in overglaze blue, white and black enamel of white, blue and green on front and verso
9 5/8 x 7 7/8 x 7 7/8 in.
Large vessel with blue enamel glazed banding
10 1/4 x 10 1/2 in.
Circular vessel formed with bands of curvilinear colored-clay inlays
stoneware with glazed interior
6 7/8 x 6 1/2 inches
Black octagonal faceted vessel with small mouth
10 x 9 1/2 x 6 3/4 in.