Makiji Lacquer Dish

by Yusuke Tazawa

£85

Wooden dish handcrafted by Japanese maker Yusuke Tazawa. This piece is very unique as the lacquer used to coat the plate is a combination of urushi and charcoal powder (using makiji technique). Layering in this way creates a rougher surface texture, also a colour with hints of blue and grey.

This combination is really quite beautiful, as the light hits you see all the little bumps and flecks from the lacquer. It's almost unbelievable that this plate is made of wood.

Dimensions: 20.5cm Diameter x 1cm Height
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Japanese craftsman Yusuke Tazawa's philosophy is "simple design, quiet form". He hopes to make wooden tableware that blend in with daily life, objects that are forgotten once used but are fully functional when necessary. With a background in furniture making Yusuke's inspiration is nature itself, using the textures and tones found in the forest as a key element in to his work.

As a child Yusuke always took a strong interest in handicrafts, so as a student he specialised in Forest Science and Engineering. After working in conservation he took the plunge to convey the importance of the woodland and nature through his woodworking skills. He now works out of his studio named Think! Forest in Ebina, Kanagawa Prefecture and is well-known for producing special objects for the tea ceremony.

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