Yasushi Shimizu

Kanshitsu covered box. “Pinwheel”

  • Lacquerware
  • Presented in 2013
  • H 11.5 x W 23.0 x D 23.0 cm
  • $5,263

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While I was playing with pinwheels with my children, I realized how practical and beautiful the form of the pinwheels were, and tried to express that in this piece.

Category Lacquerware
Year Presented 2013
Dimensions H 11.5 x W 23.0 x D 23.0 cm
Materials linen
Exhibition The 60th Japan Traditional Kōgei Exhibition
Notes Comes with box

  • 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.

Yasushi Shimizu

photo Yasushi Shimizu

Using dry lacquer and wood bending techniques.