Takashi Tomono

  • Lacquerware
  • 1983 -
Takashi Tomono

My specialty is "lacquering", which is the whole process of applying urushi lacquer. I put emphasis on the beauty of the form and do not add much decoration.
As I consider what is being placed on the vessel to be the main character, I try to make artwork that makes the food stand out and is easy to use, especially for lacquerware such as soup bowls that are used in everyday life.
For one-and-only pieces, I think about the atmosphere it will create and use things that cannot be seen, such as the wind and light, as motifs for my designs so that people can use their imagination in the plain lacquered vessel.
I consider urushi lacquer as a combination of blessings from the mountains and affection of people.
I would like to make artwork that is traditional but new by giving my full attention to the material and bringing out the original beauty of urushi lacquer.

Membership Full member, Japan Kogei Association
Full Member of the Japan Cultural Property Lacquer Association
  • 1983 Born in Saku City, Nagano Prefecture
  • 2001 Joined Monmaya Co., Ltd and started lacquering Sendai Tansu (chest of drawers)
  • 2006 Established a society to pass down the tradition of Sendai Tansu
  • 2013 Graduated from the Wajima Urushi Art Technical Training Center, Lacquering Course
    Studied under Kunie Komori
  • 2015 ”Lacquerware, Bowls and Vessels Made by Artists" Exhibition (Seibu Ikebukuro Main Store) (– 2019)
  • 2017 Becomes independent
    "A Drop of Urushi Lacquer" Kunie Komori School Exhibition (JR Nagoya Takashimaya Art Gallery) (2019, 2021, 2023)
  • 2019 "Living Kogei: Contemporary Japanese Craft from the Ise Collection" (University Museum and Art Gallery, The University of Hong Kong)
  • 2021 "A Drop of Urushi Lacquer" School of Living National Treasure Kunie Komori Exhibition (Nihombashi Mitsukoshi Main Store)
    The 5th First Patronage Program (3331 Arts Chiyoda)
  • 2022 Submitted to "The Beauty of Crafts – Metal and Urushi Lacquer –" Exhibition (Ise Foods Inc.,)
    "Urushi - Takashi Tomono, Tomomi Isaka Exhibition" (Gallery Okariya)
  • 2023 "Takashi Tomono Lacquer Art Exhibition" (Nihombashi Mitsukoshi Main Store)
    "Shippu Doto – Lacquer Art Today" Exhibition (Wajima Museum of Urushi Art)

  • 2015Received the Asahi Shimbun Award at the 32nd Lacquerware Traditional Kōgei Exhibition (selected several times from this year onward)
  • 2020Received the Asahi Shimbun Award at the 60th East Japan Traditional Kōgei Exhibition (selected several times from this year onward)
    Received the Japan Kōgei Association Incentive Award at the 67th Japan Traditional Kōgei Exhibition (selected several times from this year onward)
  • 2023Received the Nagano Kōgei Association President's Award at the 42nd Nagano Craft Exhibition
  • 2024Received the MEXT Award at the 41st Lacquerware Traditional Kōgei Exhibition

  • Ise Foundation

Price Range

$ 5,000 - 13,000

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