Yûzô Kondô is one of the more recognized names in the world of modern Japanese pottery of the 20th century. Though known mainly for his sometsuke creations (blue and white porcelain), he did not settle on this style until well into his potting career that lasted over seven decades. Born the third son to a samurai family that formerly worked in service of Kiyomizu temple, Kondô was the first in his family to take up the art of pottery as a vocation. After studying ceramics for a number of years, he then turned his attention to painting, which would serve him well later in his career when he used his stylized and bold brushwork techniques to paint naturalistic depictions. Most notably among these was the iconic image of a pomegranate he used to adorn many of his vessels.