Takashi Tomono

Kanshitsu covered box. “Ripples”

  • Lacquerware
  • Presented in 2022
  • H 20.5 x W 34.0 x D 22.0 cm
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Category Lacquerware
Year Presented 2022
Dimensions H 20.5 x W 34.0 x D 22.0 cm
Exhibition The 69th 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.

Takashi Tomono

photo Takashi Tomono

My specialty is "lacquering", which is the whole process of applying urushi lacquer. I put emphasis on the beauty of the form and do not add much decoration. As I consider what is being placed on the vessel to be the main character, I try to make artwork that makes the food stand out and is easy to use, especially for lacquerware such as soup bowls that are used in everyday life. For one-and-only pieces, I think about the atmosphere it will create and use things that cannot be seen, such as the wind and light, as motifs for my designs so that people can use their imagination in the plain lacquered vessel. I consider urushi lacquer as a combination of blessings from the mountains and affection of people. I would like to make artwork that is traditional but new by giving my full attention to the material and bringing out the original beauty of urushi lacquer.