Descended from a line of Kyoto samurai, KONDŌ YŪZŌ chose ceramics as his profession after finding inspiration in the clay traditions surrounding his family’s home near Kiyomizu Temple. He first studied at the Kyoto Ceramics Research Institute under the tutelage of Hamada before working under Tomimoto Kenkichi (1886-1963) at his personal kiln, at which time Tomimoto became his mentor.
Kondō sought to both work within and deviate from canonized sometsuke aesthetics. Accordingly, Kondō sought to work within traditional methods while deviating from the often pre-established themes characteristic of sometsuke. Instead, his designs were far more painterly and expressive than traditional images. His later works combined aka-e red overglaze and kinsai gold luster in the sometsuke style.
Both a professor and later president of Kyoto City University of Arts, Kondō Yuzō was designated a Living National Treasure in 1977 for his blue-and-white porcelain.
Vase with landscape designs
Glazed porcelain with red and gold overglazes
6 1/8 x 4 inches
Gold overglaze porcelain vase with plum blossom design
Glazed porcelain with gold overglaze
8 x 8 inches
Large porcelain vase with landscape design in cobalt-blue underglaze
Porcelain with cobalt underglaze
8 7/8 x 8 3/8 in.
Kondō Yūzō (1902-1985)
Blue-and-white vase with pomegranate design
Glazed porcelain with cobalt blue underglaze
10 1/8 x 10 1/4 in.
White glazed porcelain vase decorated with a harvest moon in a cloud-filled sky
7 7/8 x 7 1/4 inches