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The charming wild birds are flying about on the surface of the transparent white porcelains. The trees, flowers and leaves, where those birds take rest, change their colors with the four seasons. Those motifs he depicted were in the scenes surrounding his studio.

 

He used two techniques. One was "iroe”, overglaze enamel, and another was "sometsuke”, underglaze blue. After shaping clay on the wheel or with plaster molds and firing them in the kiln, he made elaborate porcelains. In iroe he painted with enamel paints, which he made himself, on the surface of the porcelains. Motifs were depicted with a gradation of blue color in Sometsuke. In creating both iroe and sometsuke works, he strongly valued drawing vivid lines. The wild birds drawn with sharp and sophisticated lines look as if they were alive, flying away just now.

 

 

 

 

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