Maiko Okuno

Maiko Okuno’s philosophy is to “create something that can be cherished for life”. She originally began making lacquerware after visiting an exhibition showcasing the work of lacquer artist Ryozo Kawakita, a director of the Japan Craft Asso­ci­a­tion and a "Liv­ing National Trea­sure" of Japan. She was inspired to set up her own studio in 2005, and is now at a point of high quality construction and sensational craftsmanship that we're very proud to host.

One of the most interesting things about Maiko's works are the elaborate shapes, most artists who work in lacquer make basic functional forms but her works are extremely complex and often revolve around tear drop shapes and other curved vessels. This puts a modern twist on quite a traditional Japanese craft.

  • Maiko Okuno is a lacquer artist who produces a mixture vessels at her studio in Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan.
  • Each item is handcrafted. First she turns the wood on a lathe, after sanding Maiko applies the lacquer in various stages to protect the object.