Ultimate piece that takes your breath away

Sayo Kuroki is the artist who creates various pieces that overturns the traditional image of so-called Japanese lacquerwares and that dazzles by the texture which is mistaken for the raw materials. While she uses the traditional technique called "Harigaki" which has been taken over for more than 500 years, beautiful lines of her design that features the fictional plants and flowers are the major charm. This is indeed ultimate combination of tradition and modern. Her design also can naturally blend with both Western and Japanese style. 

Sake cup "evening garden" by Sayo kuroki

Her new pieces that captures the essence of antiqued charm are added to our ever popular collection of Sake cup this time. It has seemingly a metal-like look as if they were well-used silverwares, but when you take it in your hand, you can comfortably feel the warmth of wood and smooth texture. 

How is this antique look created?

Sake cup "evening garden" by Sayo kuroki

Sabi-urushi (mixture of clay powder and Urushi lacquer) is used for the furring, then sprinkle tin powder after applying Urushi lacquer in order to make it possible to create this nuanced expression when polishing.

What kind of texture is the inner surface?

Sake cup "evening garden" by Sayo kuroki

Inner surface is created by putting several layers of another clay powder called "Jinoko" and apply black Urushi lacquer after sprinkling charcoal powder. By applying and wiping the finishing black layer a few times over, this beautiful matte surface is put out. This process is very laborious and time consuming, but essential to make sturdy and scratch resistant. 

Clay powder "Tonoko"
Charcoal powder "Sumiko"

Clay powder called "Tonoko" for Sabi Urushi

Charcoal powder called "Sumiko"

Breathtaking design by Harigaki

Delicate and graceful design are drawn by the traditional technique called "Harigaki". Sprinkle tin powder on Urushi coating surface in a half-dried state, then draw patterns freehand with a thin needle without a sketch. Because this cannot be redone and also needs to be drawn before it dries out, it requires a skilful technique and considerable experience. The scene that she boldly draws lines one after another is absolutely breathtaking. 


She depicts imaginary plants and flowers by reflecting their fragile life on it. On this piece "evening garden", she expresses the image of the scenery and flowering plants in the gathering darkness on the design. 

Comes with a Paulownia gift box

A moon Harigaki on the bottom inside 

Perfect size comfortably fit

in a hand    

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