Obituary: Shimaoka Tatsuzo
Shimaoka Tatsuzo died at the age of 88. The New York Times had his obituary. He was designated a national living treasure by the Japanese government in 1996. A potter heavily influenced by the mingei or folk arts movement, it was a visit to the Japan Folk Crafts Museum in 1938 that inspired him to study ceramics. He compared that day to rain on soil, it says.
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