Kiichiro Masumura

Negoro-nuri Rope Patterned Bowl

  • Lacquerware
  • Presented in 2017
  • $2,534

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Category Lacquerware
Year Presented 2017
Exhibition The 57th East Japan Traditional Kōgei Exhibition

  • 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.

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.