Small Black Coated Dish

by Akihiko Sugita

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This small wooden dish has been hand cut and perfected by master craftsman Akihiko Sugita at his workshop in Japan. He applies many layers of lacquer, or urushi, to protect the surface.

Urushi refers to a native tree that grows in Japan and a handful of other Far Eastern countries that generates a remarkable sap that can be used to create a hard protective layer.

Although this particular plate has a smooth black finish, up-close you can see the markings of where the wooden shape has been crafted. This is a function objects that's a real work of art.

Measurements: 13.5cm Diameter, 1cm Height