One simple question from the customer made me wonder and provided an opportunity to write this post.
It was when they were browsing a set of chopsticks and then asked me,
"Why these 2 chopsticks of the set are different length?".
I felt hit by this and was shocked that I had been handling these items without introducing the culture unique to Japan until then.
Spending a little bit of effort and time on your pieces make each one precious and your own. Also I found these work would fairly soothe me in many ways. Reapplying Urushi lacquer is the similar process like Kintsugi, as repeating a little of work at a time for days and weeks, it is very exciting to see pieces changing every time including waiting. This is such pleasure to nurture your items with your own hands.
The impressive aspect in Kintsugi is the moment when unique value is born out of the broken piece. This unique value features beauty in imperfection revived by relying to the power of nature. It shows us the importance of accepting everything that comes their way as well as the value of nature. This is something that I could not understand nor realize when I was younger. I believed perfection and new things are the ideal world. But it actually is not.
What has supported me through this difficult time was "Sado", Japanese tea ceremony. During the lockdown, many things were shifted to online in various ways such as remote work, online learning, online exercise sessions etc...and I was lucky enough to have an opportunity to continue learning Japanese tea ceremony online in a different way. Not every tools and utensils are available at home, however, not to mention tea room.
Thus I have learnt the spirit of "Mitate".
Does it sound like a little bit tricky for you to go well with other tablewares you have? Lacquer wares are made of natural materials which always brings harmony with any other. It actually spices up and brightens up your table or interiors depending how to use it.
This month I'd like to showcase the various ways of using beyond its item name. Let's get started!
It got the life back!
What a shocking incident when your favourite ceramic break, get crack or chipped. It happens a lot to the careless person like me. It's like "not again!".
The painful appearance made me feel down and I put them away somewhere I didn't see or even threw away some of them that broke into pieces. I did know that there's a way to repair broken ceramics, but now that I'm living in Singapore, it's not easy to find the right place to have them fixed.
We usually pick white or lighter colour as a plate for dishes. What about black? Do you think that it might darken the table? or that the food or thing might not stand out against it? I know what you mean!