Fujimoto Yoshimichi (Nōdō) was renowned for his depictions of birds in nature executed in overglaze enamels on large porcelain vessels, boxes, and platters. Born in Tokyo in 1919, A Tokyo native, Fujimoto received his degree from Tokyo University of the Arts, where years later he joined the faculty and became an important teacher to many accomplished clay artists. Earlier, in 1941, he entered the Crafts Technical Training Center where he later trained with Tomimoto and briefly also taught. After the war, Fujimoto again studied under Tomimoto, focusing on production ware made for the international market. In his mid-thirties, he concentrated on sculpture and joined both the Sōdeisha and the Modern Art Association. Despite his potential in this new arena, he returned to functionality and then invented a painterly layered-glazing technique on porcelain that produced a watercolor-like effect for his representational depictions of nature, which led to his 1986 designation as a Living National Treasure.
1944 Kōhū-kai Craft Prize, Kofu-kai exhibition
1956 Japan Ceramic Society Award
1965 Award for Excellence, Japanese Traditional Crafts Exhibition
Silver Prize, Genève International Crafts Exhibition
1981 Gold Prize, Japan Ceramic Society Award
National Cultural Achievement Medal for the Arts
1986 Designated a Living National Treasure for iro-e porcelain
1991 Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star
Aka-e teabowl with flower motif on a beige ground
3 1/2 x 5 inches
Vase with geometric patterning
8 7/8 x 9 3/8 x 10 inches
Aka-e red-glazed globular flower vessel
Red and green-glazed stoneware
10 3/4 x 10 1/4 inches
Slightly twisting akae (red-painted) and gold-glazed water jar with quail and autumn grasses decoration; matching cover
7 1/2 x 7 in.
Sodeisha-style vessel with creamy-white glaze and abstract black and brown inlaid patterning
8 x 9 7/8 in.