These two brothers are unusual in that they specialize in creating ‘core lacquer’ objects, made entirely out of natural lacquer without the usual wooden core, that involve an unbelievably long and complicated process. They are continually studying to improve their technique and create an everlasting beauty that will never dull.
1961 Born in Wajima City, Ishikawa Prefecture
1963 Born in Wajima City, Ishikawa Prefecture
Present: Working in Wajima to produce Wajima lacquerware.
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Japanese LacquerAn Overview November 24, 2020Lacquerware stands as being one of the most destinctive forms of Japanese beauty. Lacquerware is usually made from Urushi, the sap of Urushi Trees, a close relative to poison oak. This tree is native to Japan, China, and Korea. A unique characteristic of this sap is that once it is exposed to moisture and air, the resin properties of the sap polymerize and harden, becoming a plastic-like substance. Tohru Matsuzaki, Tray, C16879 Colorants are added to this sap and objects, once coated with a thin layer of lacquer, is placed...Read more