Sinra Nishiki Kagawa Lacquerware Katakuchi Sake Carafe
This is a sake carafe that is quite rare as a lacquerware, featuring a metallic feel achieved through a mixture of black and silver colors. The round lid and elegant shine evoke the image of a moonlit night, while the striking jet-black color of the spout provides an appealing contrast of textures.
The form of the pouring spout was the artist's foremost focus when creating this piece. They meticulously carved and shaped it, observing from a distance and checking the lines to confirm. This process was repeated multiple times to transform each piece into a unique and distinctive work of art.
In addition to its functional aspect of facilitating easy pouring, the lid also helps to preserve and contain the aroma. Since Japanese sake can undergo changes in smell and taste when exposed to air, it is suitable for enjoying delicate fragrances when drinking sake.
Apart from this particular item, there is a vast selection of items that are irreplaceable, like specially designed sake cups. Combining the assortment of these pieces can fully immerse you into the realm of Shinra.
Sinra's founder, Kota Matsumoto, is not only involved in the development of the company's products but also actively works as a lacquer artist. He upholds the tradition of Kagawa lacquerware while presenting innovative forms of lacquer that have never been seen before, creating unique works that harmonize artistry with practicality. Sinra aims to bridge the gap between the creator and the user by merging traditional craftsmanship with a contemporary sensibility, transforming lacquer from an exclusive craft into something accessible to all.
The Zoukoku Series showcases an arrangement of "Zoukoku-nuri," one of the five traditional techniques of Kagawa lacquer art. Instead of utilizing conventional rust and powdered lacquer, finely ground stone powder called "Aji stone," native to Kagawa, is incorporated into the lacquer. Aji stone is renowned for its extreme hardness and durability, often referred to as the "diamond of granite." As a result, it provides resistance to scratches and maintains its strength even after prolonged use, making it less susceptible to wear and tear.
The Nishiki Series originated from the Zoukoku Series and introduces the sprinkling of tin powder onto the surface of the item, imparting a modern impression. The outer side of the carafe exudes a metallic and robust impression, while the inside is a lustrous and tranquil shade of black.
[Including Katakuchi] D16.6cm(6.5in)
- Capacity: 125ml(4.2oz)
- Material: Wood - Kagawa Lacquerware
- Origin: Made in Japan
- Brand: Sanuki Urushi Sinra
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ABOUT SANUKI URUSHI SINRA
Sanuki Urushi Sinra, a maker launched in 2012 by Kouta Matsumoto, who trained under the esteemed national living treasure Masami Isoi, showcases the unique lacquer art of Kagawa by creating original lacquerware.View more Sanuki Urushi Sinra's Items
ABOUT Kagawa Lacquerware
"The resonating beauty of carved and colored lacquer work"
In the late Edo period (c. 1603-1867), Tamakaji Zokoku set out to research lacquerware techniques from Thailand and China such as "Kinma" and "Zonsei." By combining traditional Japanese methods with these new ones, he was able to develop unique lacquerwares. Nowadays, Takamatsu City in Kagawa Prefecture is mainly producing these pieces which are collectively known as Kagawa Lacquerware.
There is no specific style, and all pottery techniques from various regions of Japan are used. Another characteristic of Kyo ware is that all processes, such as pottery wheel turning and painting, are done by hand. With a history that has developed along with traditional culture, Kyo ware is characterized by delicate painting and excellent modeling skills, resulting in ceramics of great elegance and highly pictorial qualities. Kyo ware and Kiyomizu ware were designated as traditional crafts by the Japanese government in 1977 and are very popular for its artistic quality.