Round Blue Tray

by Yusuke Tazawa

£180

Another beautiful wooden tray handcrafted by Japanese maker Yusuke Tazawa. This blue lacquer tray is quite something, when you rub your hand over the surface you can feel all the circular markings which are added during the woodturning process. Not only do they add aesthetically to the piece, they also serve a function as they give traction to anything placed on top.

This light tray is large enough for a tea set and features a lip to pick up the tray and to also stop anything sliding off. You will really marvel at the skill needed to produce such a piece.

Approx Dimensions: 27cm Diameter x 1.8cm 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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