Kiichiro Masumura

Leaf-Shaped Kanshitsu Plate "Columbine"

  • Lacquerware
  • Presented in 2020
  • H 4.5 x W 28 x D 27 cm
  • $3,181

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Category Lacquerware
Year Presented 2020
Dimensions H 4.5 x W 28 x D 27 cm
Exhibition The 60th East 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.

Living National Treasure Kiichiro Masumura

photo Kiichiro Masumura

Kyushitsu technique – this is where urushi lacquer brings out the beauty of wood, bark, linen and hemp yarn.