Kanta Yamada


  • Lacquerware
  • Presented in 2024
  • H 8 x W 22.4 x D 18.5 cm
  • Not for Sale

Category Lacquerware
Year Presented 2024
Dimensions H 8 x W 22.4 x D 18.5 cm
Exhibition The 41st Lacquerware 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.

  • Lacquering

    Lacquering (kyūshitsu) is the art of applying lacquer to a substrate using spatulas or brushes. The technique includes a range of processes, from reinforcing the substrate with cloth to building up the foundation and applying the middle- and top-coats. The final coat can be left as is (nuritate), polished with charcoal to a high-gloss finish (roiro shiage), or given one of several hundred alternative (kawarinuri) finishes. Lacquer application is known for both its technical difficulty and richly expressive qualities.

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.