Shoji Hamada was one of Japan’s greatest modern potters. A colleague of Bernard Leach, he was a “Living National Treasure” and deeply influenced potters in Japan and around the world, with his move to simplicity and his free, abstract painting style. He was also a teacher of Yuzo Kondo, one of the four ceramists of the Kondo family who are featured in Modernism Vol. 14, No. 1, Spring 2011.