The general technique of maki-e sprinkles gold and silver metal powers to express design drawn with urushi lacquer. Originating in Japan about a thousand years ago, maki-e technique continues to decorate objects around the lives.
Back to urushi…. My guess is that urushi must have initially been used to adhere different materials or to protect wood from any damage. Creativity of human being must have been nurtured to seek for
Japan is known for its special affinity to cherry blossoms. In Japanese poetry, the word hana, which literally means flowers, often refers to specifically cherry blossoms. Luckily I happened to be back in Japan at
In his TED talk I introduced on my blog yesterday, the urushi artist Kazumi Murose mentioned that his bowls would be used by Yuichiro Miura in his third climb to Mt. Everest. Well, it really
So what does urushi tree look like? How is the urushi sap extracted from the tree? How is it applied? I found this TED talk presented by Mr. Kazumi Murose, one of the master urushi
You don’t have to be Marie Antoinette or any nobility to enjoy urushi art in your everyday life. I’m lucky that I live in Seattle. Twice a year Kyoto Art and Antiques opens a warehouse
Yesterday I mentioned that urushi is also medium for artistic expression. Urushi art was once sought after by many of the European nobility. As the beautiful book “Japanese Export Lacquer 1580 – 1850” mentions, many