Sadatsugu Shinjo

Hagi tea bowl.

  • Ceramics
  • Presented in 2017
  • H 8.7 / ø 12.8 cm
  • Not for Sale

Category Ceramics
Year Presented 2017
Dimensions H 8.7 / ø 12.8 cm
Exhibition The 64th Japan Traditional Kōgei Exhibition

  • Hagi ware

    Hagi ware is a type of pottery predominantly made around the cities of Hagi, Nagato, and Yamaguchi in Yamaguchi prefecture. Vessels are made with Daido clay, Mitake clay, and Mishima clay. The resulting stoneware is rarely decorated with motifs, as the texture and qualities of the clay are key points of visual interest that appeal to tea ceremony practitioners.

Sadatsugu Shinjo

photo Sadatsugu Shinjo

Born and raised in the family line of Sukeemon AKAGAWA, a disciple of Heishiro Mitsutoshi YAMAMURA who moved from Hagi under the order of the feudal domain when a new kiln was built in Sannose of Fukagawa village, Ohtsu in 1657. My family name was changed from Akagawa to Shinjo in the Meiji period. Graduated from the Graduate School of Tokyo University of the Arts, sculpture major in 1977 and trained at the Kyoto Municipal Institute of Industrial Research before returning to my home town. Became a full member of the Japan Kogei Association in 1983. In my early days I made large sculptural pieces such as voluminous ceramic boxes and plates formed to express space. Entering the 1990s, I started to make more traditional style vessels for tea ceremony. My bowl-shaped, round tea bowls are especially highly valued and are appreciated not only by masters of the tea ceremony, but also by ceramic art lovers and researchers.