Akio Shimada

Coffer of Elm Wood with Design in Marquetry

  • Wood and Bamboo
  • Presented in 2022
  • H 18.0 x W 11.6 x D 28.7 cm
  • $4,000

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Tobetsu Town, where my studio is located, is also a town thriving with agriculture. You can see many fields just a few minutes away from my studio.
The scenes of frost columns in the fields on a cold day in autumn and fields lightly covered with snow are beautiful.
I tried to express the black earth and white snow and frost in the marquetry.
I used Japanese elm for the marquetry and jindai elm on the top of the box, and top and bottom of the marquetry.

Category Wood and Bamboo
Year Presented 2022
Dimensions H 18.0 x W 11.6 x D 28.7 cm
Materials Elm wood
Exhibition The 69th Japan Traditional Kōgei Exhibition

Akio Shimada

photo Akio Shimada

When I was a child, I saw a wood engraving and was impressed and amazed by the beauty of the wood grains. Since then, I have been devoted to making things with wood. I consider the natural colors that the wood has, the wood grains, and how to balance them when working with wood. I give maximum effort to use the wood grains so that the patterns look three-dimensional when viewed from different angles.