Introducing Japanese ceramics 3
A variety of materials can be used to create beautiful vessels, including metal, plastic, and wood, but appearance is not the only important aspect of lacquerware. Many qualities of lacquerware, such as its robustness and durability, depend largely on the type of material on which it is based. Wood, for example, is considered softer than plastic and certainly lasts longer. As for which type of varnish is applied, it is sometimes referred to as “lacquered”, “cashew” or “urethane”. It is very important to know what type of varnish was used and if it is indeed lacquer. One of the most important characteristics of lacquer is its glamour and its ability to stand the test of time while maintaining its quality. What also sets it apart from other varnishes is that its distinctive odor is not a concern for long. Cashew and urethane paints, on the other hand, are a mixture of other chemicals, or synthetics. Of course, such varnished items will not be able to match natural lacquerware in terms of texture and appearance. However, this type of lacquerware does have its advantages. For example, synthetic lacquerware is considered to be easy to clean on a daily basis.