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.
Fujimoto Yoshimichi (Nodo) was renowned for his depictions of birds in nature executed in overglaze enamels on large Japanese porcelain vessels, boxes, and platters. Born in Tokyo in 1919, he received his degree from the Tokyo School of Fine Arts. Upon graduation he worked as a Japanese ceramics and porcelain designer in Kyoto. In his mid-thirties, he became seriously involved with sculptural forms and eventually emerged as a member of Sōdeisha and The Modern Art Association in 1958. Despite his potential in this new area for clay artists, he switched to Japanese traditional overglaze. His focus was the palette of red, yellow, green, dark blue and purple known as gosai. Fujimoto invented his own techniques for layering enamel in order to create a watercolor-like effect. His highly personal and creative ceramics broke new ground and, in 1986, he was designated a Living National Treasure.