Washi Echizen Lacquerware Serving Tray with Cups
This item combines an Echizen Ware cups and an Echizen lacquerware serving tray that uses Echizen washi paper in its design. All are traditional crafts of Fukui Prefecture, and each is the work of a well-known craftsman.
The Echizen Ware cups were created by Mr. Kenji Kasatsuji. The Echizen lacquerware serving tray and cup holders are the work of Mr. Kiyoteru Morita.
The softness of the washi matches the warmth of the Echizen Ware clay, creating a chic and comfortable atmosphere.
The table is set at a different height in the center of the table for a more beautiful table setting. It is recommended not only for everyday dining, but also for celebratory occasions.
Enjoy tasting sake in style, or serve appetizers and desserts on the table.
Echizen lacquerware originated around the city of Sabae in Fukui Prefecture, in the northern part of Japan. Known for its subdued luster and elegant beauty with a history going back more than 1,500 years.
Echizen lacquerware has developed techniques for product diversification and mass production in response to changing lifestyles and market needs. Echizen lacquerware is easy to use, durable, and beautiful, and is loved not only by households but also by cooking professionals, accounting for more than 80% of all lacquerware for the food industry and commercial use in Japan.
- Quantity: 1 serving tray with 4 cup holders and 4 cups
- Dimension: [Serving tray] 47.7cm(18.8in) × 9cm(3.5in) × H5.5cm(2.2in),
- [Cups] D8.2cm(3.2in) × H9.7cm(3.8in)
- Material: [Serving tray] Wood , [Cups] Stoneware
- Coating: Lacquer
- Origin: Made in Japan - Echizen Lacquerware
MR. KENJI KASATSUJI
As the potter of Echizen Ware "Hikari Kiln," Mr. Kenji Kasatsuji conveys the charms of traditional craft to the young generation.
As for the characteristics of his works, he has studied the hardness of clay and other factors, and uses his own thin-making techniques to create thin and light products that are hard to believe to be pottery, taking advantage of the texture of the clay.
As an artist, he has exhibited his works every year at the Japan Modern Crafts Art Exhibition and Nitten, winning numerous prizes, and was awarded a "Special Prize" in the Crafts Art Division at the 8th Nitten.
MR. KIYOTERU MORITA
Mr. Morita is a veteran undercoat craftsman with nearly 50 years of experience, including receiving special awards and serving as a judge for the Nitten exhibition, the most popular of all the great art organizations in Japan.
Lacquerware made by Mr. Morita has a unique texture with raised patterns of cloth and Japanese paper. Fukui Prefecture is the birthplace of "Echizen Washi" (Japanese paper), which inspired him to try using it in Echizen lacquerware, which is also produced in the same prefecture.
Mr. Morita, who continues to experiment and take on challenges within the established techniques of traditional crafts, is also keen on lacquer craft as an art form, and has received the "Fukui Prefecture Cultural Award" for his achievements.
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"Over 1500 years of tradition as the lacquer village"
Echizen lacquerware originated around the city of Sabae in Fukui Prefecture, in the northern part of Japan. Known for its subdued luster and elegant beauty with a history going back more than 1,500 years. It is produced by experienced artisans, each specializing in one step of the production process.Along with the changing lifestyles of Japanese people and market needs, Echizen lacquerware has developed diversified products and created technology for mass production. Echizen lacquerware is not only composed of the traditional kind, where wood is coated with natural "Urushi (lacquer)", but also of industrial lacquerware, which is produced using synthetic resins and paints.Today, Echizen ware represents more than 80% of the lacquerware for domestic food industry and business use. New styles of cutting-edge Echizen lacquerware continue to be released. This is a region that is not only home to centuries of tradition, but also reinventing itself through innovation.