Introducing Japanese ceramics 2
Lacquerware shows the passage of time with its ever-changing beauty. They shine with each use and subtly change in color over time. It can be said that lacquerware can be nurtured by the people who use it. Makie, a traditional technique of mixing metal powder (silver or gold) with urushi, allows us to draw pretty seasonal motifs such as blossoming flowers. The inner surface of the bowl’s lid is decorated with delicate and refined lacquer. It resonates with traditional Japanese aesthetics and artistic values, such as the changing of the seasons. Most lacquerware is made by applying layers of lacquer to the surface of the wood. The tenderness and softness you feel every time you touch the surface of a lacquerware is unique to the natural material. This is a special feeling that can only be obtained from the refined texture of lacquerware. It is also easy to handle because of its internal heat retention properties, and hot dishes such as soups do not get cold. Lacquerware, a traditional Japanese craft, is so deeply rooted in the lives of the Japanese that it can be found in a variety of places, from tourist shops to urban supermarkets.