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W23.0cm D23.0cm H5.5cm 加守田昌子 極箱

Kamoda Shouji


Born in Osaka, Kishiwada as the eldest son of Sadaomi Kamoda and his wife Yaeko
Enrolled in Kyoto City University of Arts, and majored in Crafts of Ceramics
Studied under Kenkichi Tomimoto, Yuuzou Kondou and Shigeya Iwabuchi
Graduated from Kyoto City University of Arts. Started working at Oomika-Toen owned by Hitachi Ltd in Ibaraki, Hitachi
Became a research worker at Tsukamoto pottery in Tochigi, Mashiko as a Hitachi employee
Quit Tsukamoto pottery as well as Hitachi Ltd, and borrowed a kiln and a room for independence in Mashiko, Saido
Got married to Masako Hosoya, a colleague of research worker at Tsukamoto pottery Offered “Kamoda Shouji and Masako Hosoya Pottery Exhibition” in Hitachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry Museum, Ibaraki
Became a regular member of Japanese Art Craft Association
Won the first prize for Japanese Ceramics Society. His work “Ash glaze bowl” displayed in the13th Japan Traditional Crafts Exhibition was purchased by Agency for Cultural Affairs. Afterwards, the “Ash glaze bowl” was collected in The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
Got the prize called Takamura Kotaro Award
Built own kiln in Iwate Tono and moved the base of production
Won the Showa 59th new face award of Minister of Education Award for Fine Arts
Displayed artworks in China-Japan Contemporary ceramic artists Exhibition in China-Taipei National Museum of History
Died of leukemia. (Aged 49)

Kamoda Shouji was born in Osaka, Kishiwada as the eldest son of Sadaomi Kamoda and his wife Yaeko. He enrolled in the Kyoto City University of Arts, and studied under professor Kenkichi Tomimoto, who was designated as a living national treasure. He adherently followed his professor Kenkichi Tomimoto’s teachings that explain the importance of modernity and designability, and set the words “Do not create patterns from patterns” as his work philosophy.

After his graduation from the Kyoto City University of Arts, he was hired in pottery owned by Hitachi Ltd in Ibaraki for few years. In 1959, he became independent in Tochigi, Mashiko when he was 26 years old, and started to creative activity as his career. Generally, the period until he moves to Iwate, Tono is called “Mashiko Era”, and the after period is called “Tono era”.

In Mashiko Era, Kamoda made potteries focusing mainly on practical groceries. However, he became fascinated by Sue pottery (pottery made in ancient times) and started to proceed research of natural and ash glaze. His artworks that were created through his research did not receive a high evaluation for a long time. As time goes, originality and creativity in his works and the skill got reputations and Kamado's works got various prizes. Eventually, he achieved a great success in the private exhibition held in Tokyo, he established a firm position as a ceramist.

As his surroundings became noisy, Kamoda moved to Iwate, Tono, which he had wished to go for a long time. His artworks were presented in every six months and got praised every time. And the most remarkable point is that his style of artworks changed every time. The attitude of pursuing something new was received with surprising that caught attention from people who had no interest in ceramics as well. Every time he had his exhibition, there was a long line formed by visitors in the entrance, and his works sold out soon after the stores open. Social and artistic recognition towards ceramic has changed by his activities.
“I like pottery very much. However, my job is out of the way from the main road of ceramics. I do not make pottery, but use pottery. My works look like pottery but the contents are different. This is my policy and outlook as an individual ceramist.”

Pursuing creativity and modernism, Kamoda never created object. Affirming that he “uses” pottery, Kamoda might have been an artist who did not know the way to express himself other than as the contents of the pottery. When we think about what to put in his pottery, we might touch deep inside his mind.