Among the more unexpected twentieth-century Japanese proponents of buncheong idioms was the potter Kondō Yutaka. The eldest son of Kondō Yūzō , a designated National Living Treasure for his work in porcelain with cobalt blue-painted designs, Yutaka eventually branched out in different directions, including an exploration of Korean buncheong ceramics, examples of which he first encountered in Western collections during his travels. He would later learn about buncheong ware in Korea. Yutaka developed a highly creative vocabulary of white-slip design, as exemplified by this stunning black-and-white vase, whose stamped and white slip-applied pattern both echoes and is utterly distinct from antique buncheong ware.
[ Joan B. Mirviss Ltd. New York, about 2010, sold to MMA]