Shoji Hamada vase

Shoji Hamada (1894-1978), Vase c.1935, Stoneware 35 X 20 cm, © the estate of Shoji Hamada, Tate


15 June 2017

That continuous thing: artists and ceramics studio, 1920 to today at Tate St Ives, 31 March to 3 September 2017

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The ceramics studio has always been a place where tradition meets experimentation. Spanning 100 years, this exhibition explores the diverse forms, energies and locations that define the modern studio. Ranging from the rise of studio pottery in the 1910s to a number of new commissions by a young generation of UK-based artists, That Continuous Thing – a quote from the American artist Peter Voulkos – traces the changing shape of the ceramics studio over the last century. 

Opening with exchange between Japan and the UK in the 1910s and ’20s through the emergence of studio potters such as Bernard Leach and Shoji Hamada (who moved from Japan to St Ives in 1920), William Staite Murray and Dora Billington, the exhibition leads on to the Californian ‘clay revolution’ of the 1950s and ‘60s, with sculptures by the pioneering sculptor Voulkos and his students, including Ken Price, Rudy Autio and Ron Nagle.

Tate St Ives website:

That continuous things, website

Exhibition runs: 31 March – 3 September 2017

The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation is delighted to be supporting this exhibition with a Daiwa Foundation Small Grant.


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