Slender blue-glazed vase with a streamlined form that tapers to a base narrower than the shoulder of vessel. The work has a modeled and stylized motif of peacock feathers. Overall effect is of simplicity and refinement.
Rookwood Pottery, located in Cincinnati, Ohio, was the premiere American fine arts pottery from its foundation in 1880 through the 1930's. The early works were hand-painted but in the early twentieth century the pottery introduced its line of production ware, of which this is an example.
This print of a calendar for the month of January, 1964, is dominated by red. Blues and purples round out the composition. Sundays are indicated with red numbers and purple boxes, while the rest of the calendar days sit in red boxes with the numbered date showing as paper through negative space. The year 1963 is printed at top center in a rounded and pointed red rectangular shape. Birds, flowers, and kanji are used to decorate the upper register.
Serizawa, designated as a Living National Treasure in 1956, is known for his textile design. This calendar, on handmade mulberry paper, uses katazome technique, in which a paste resist is applied through a stencil. Colors are tapplied through dyeing or painting.