Kanta Yamada

Kanshitsu box with cover. “Calm sea in late autumn”

  • Lacquerware
  • Presented in 2023
  • H 12.0 x W 25.8 x D 18.4 cm
  • Not for Sale

Category Lacquerware
Year Presented 2023
Dimensions H 12.0 x W 25.8 x D 18.4 cm
Materials Hemp cloth,Giant timber bamboo,Japanese paper (washi),Gold leaf
Exhibition The 70th Japan Traditional Kōgei Exhibition

  • Dry lacquer

    For works of dry lacquer (kanshitsu), first a clay form is created and plaster is used to take a mold of the form. Next, repeated layers of hemp cloth and lacquer are applied to the mold until they are built up to the desired thickness. Finally, the mold is removed and additional coats of lacquer are applied to finish the piece. The hemp fibers are strengthened when the lacquer bonds with them, making dry lacquer an excellent technique for creating sturdy forms with a significant degree of freedom.

Kanta Yamada

photo Kanta Yamada

I use scenes and forms in nature that I feel are beautiful for motifs of my designs. I mainly use the dry lacquer (kanshitsu) technique which is a technique to make the base by hardening hemp cloth with lacquer.