◇Stoneware ◇

Thinly structured using a wheel.
After drying it to some extent, sharpen whole surface of the body.
Finished with inlaid work.

I am attempting to express the “Integration of Primitive beauty in Modernity” by
sharpening the bodyline and willowy form that is reminiscent of ancient Yayoi pottery
of Japan.

* Yayoi pottery:
Unglazed, thin and stiff ware used in the Yayoi period, an era from around 10 B.C.
to around the third century in Japan.


◇Stoneware covered with Urushi Lacquer◇

Stoneware + Urushi

Lacquering on stoneware, finishing with burnish.

This combination, Stoneware + Urushi, has been used in the Jyomon Period (5,500
years ago) in Japan but it disappeared from the pottery scene for about 2000 years.

I am trying to achieve a new / unique expression by means of these traditional
Japanese materials and methods.


◇Stoneware covered with Urushi, finished w/ Tin◇

Stoneware + Urushi + Tin

Lacquering on stoneware, followed by application of powdered Tin.

Urushi lacquer acts as an adhesive to allow Tin fits to stoneware.
After lacquering and application of powdered Tin several times, bake Urushi and
burnish it to finish.

I hope you enjoy the body texture, the hue of Urushi and calm feel of Tin.

*Tin is said to be the safest metal.

Japanese lacquer, called Urushi, comes from the Japanese Urushi tree sap.
Sap is used after it is filtered to remove any dirt or other particles.
Though being exposed to air moisture, it hardens into one of the finest / strongest
protective coatings in the world.