Shimaoka Tatsuzo was the foremost pupil of Hamada Shoji (1894-1978) until his recent death, was regarded as Japan's leading folk craft potter. Shimaoka's signature style, known as "Jomon-zogan" in Japanese, combines cord-impressed decoration and the white-slip inlay technique used in the Punch'ong ware, popular in the Choson Dynasty of Korea. Shimaoka's use of a variety of glazes enhanced the richness of his folk style tableware. He also successfully developed a Western-influenced salt glaze technique that Hamada had first introduced. For his mastery of the Jomon technique of rope-impressed stoneware, he was named a Living National Treasure in 1996. He was also an incredibly influential teacher of a new generation of ceramists.
Rope-impressed patterned platter with dark iron-oxide ladle-poured glazing
5 1/4 x 21 5/8 in.
Rope-impressed large circular platter
5 7/8 x 22 3/8 inches
Vase with lightly visible impressed-rope pattern design and tapered neck, ca. 1987
13 x 9 3/4 x 9 3/4 in.
Black-glazed, rope-impressed large circular platter
4 1/2 x 22 1/2 inches
Flattened flask with raised mouth
10 1/4 x 7 1/2 in.