Blue Lacquer Tumbler

by Yusuke Tazawa


A beautiful cherry wood tumbler handcrafted by Japanese maker Yusuke Tazawa. The technique used to lacquer this cup is called 'fuki-urushi', Yusuke coats the piece with pigmented urushi and then wipes away in certain areas to create a faded effect. The final outcome is this cup with a blue/grey outer and light brown inner.

This combination is really quite beautiful, as the light hits you see all the subtle markings. It's almost unbelievable that this small tumbler is made of wood.

Dimensions: 5.3cm Diameter x 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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