Yuzo Kondo 1902～1985
Yuzo Kondo was born in Kyoto.
Real name is Yuzo.
Entered the Kyoto ceramics laboratory in 1914.
After graduating from Kyoto ceramics laboratory in 1917,
Worked as the assistant at the Kyoto ceramics laboratory.
Kanjiro Kawai and Shoji Hamada are studying ceramics as engineers,
Learned ceramics science from Shoji Hamada.
Quit the Kyoto ceramics laboratory in 1921,
Worked as the assistant at Kenkichi Tomimoto’s workshop in Nara prefecture.
The work received from Kenkichi Tomimoto became the great guide as a later potter.
While returning to Kyoto and studying drawings and western painting at the Kansai bijutsuin in 1924,
Created a workplace in Kiyomizu and started making ceramics.
Received the special prize at the new bunten in 1939.
Inaugurated as the judge of the Japan art exhibition in 1950.
Became the member of the Shinsyoukai in 1951.
Donated the “Underglaze blue vase with pomegranate design” to the Ise grand shrine in 1952.
The crown prince received the order of “A pair of underglaze blue large vases with pomegranate design” when he came to England in 1953.
Inaugurated as the assistant professor at Kyoto city university of arts.
Received the Japan traditional craft award in 1956.
Received the silver award at the Milan triennale exhibition in 1957.
Inaugurated as the professor at Kyoto city university of arts in 1958.
“Underglaze blue jar with pomegranate design” was purchased by the Cultural properties protection committee.
Produced “Underglaze blue dish with pomegranate design” as the gift for court in 1959.
Donated the “Underglaze blue big jar with mountain design” to the Kashihara shrine in 1960.
Produced “Underglaze blue jar with pomegranate design” as the gift for imperial palace in 1961.
“Underglaze blue vase with pomegranate design” was purchased by the Auckland art museum.
Inaugurated as the principal of the Kyoto university of arts in 1965.
Inaugurated as the councillor at the Kyoto national museum and the National museum of modern art, kyoto in 1966.
Inaugurated as the principal of the Kyoto university of arts in 1969.
Produced “A pair of gold painted vase” as the gift for new imperial palace.
Received the Purple ribbon medal in 1970.
Retired from the principal of Kyoto university of arts and was elected as the emeritus professor at the university in 1971.
Inaugurated as the councillor at the Kyoto museum of art in 1972.
Received the Third class order of the sacred treasure in 1973.
Received the Kyoto cultural merit award.
Received the Kyoto art craft merit award in 1974.
“Underglaze blue big dish with plum design” was purchased by the National museum of modern art, kyoto in 1975.
Certified as the Human national treasure in underglaze blue in 1977.
Received the Purple ribbon medal in 1980.
Have published works using various techniques such as underglaze blue at the Imperial exhibition and New bunten,
After belonging to the Japan craft association formed in 1955,
Concentrated exclusively on the production of underglaze blue.
Pomegranate, grape, thistle, bamboo shoot, plum, landscape are expressed in majestic paintings,
It creates the wonderful color balance reminiscent of painting in india ink.
Explanation of the design
The pomegranate is a pomegranate family and the place of origin is Persia and India.
The crimson five valve flower opens around june.
The fruits ripen in autumn and become large spheres.
When ripe, it tears and exposes many seeds.
It spread throughout the world for fruit trees and ornamental use,
and came to Japan during the Heian period.
In China, it is known as the auspicious design which means prolific.