Shape

Shapes of bowls from ancient times

いにしえより伝わる椀のかたち

“Tsumugi” is a series of soup bowls produced by Gato Mikio, a company that excels in woodturning. The series was designed by product designer, Ikumi Ishizaki. Soup bowls are essential items in Japanese food culture. Since ancient times bowls have had their unique shapes and they were also given unique names, such as, “Fuji or “Komagata”. In addition, every shape has a different meaning that represents a prayer for happiness. The beautiful wood-grain of zelkova and the varieties of shapes produced by the prominent technique of “Kiji-rokuro-biki”(woodturning) in Yamanaka adds a nice touch to the daily table setting.

Kiji-rokuro-biki of Yamanaka lacquerware (Woodturning Technique)
“Kiji-rokuro-biki” is a traditional woodturning technique to make wooden vessels, which is one of the main features of Yamanaka lacquerware. “Tategi-dori”, which is a method to saw the timber to show vertical grains, enables the manufacturer to make products that are resistant to shock and deformation. The woodturning craftsman creates the shape of wooden vessels by shaving it from the outside to the inside using special tools/planes which are individually made by each craftsman to suit himself. Such detailed work of craftsmanship results in wooden vessels of the highest quality.

「Tsumugi(つむぎ)」は、木地挽きに特徴を持つ我戸幹男商店とプロダクトデザイナー石崎育味氏によってつくられた汁椀のシリーズ。日本の食文化を紡いできた椀には、「富士」や「駒型」など、古から受け継がれてきた様々な形と名がある。そのひとつひとつに込められているのは幸せへの祈願だ。けやきの美しい木目と、山中漆器の高度な「木地轆轤挽き」の技術によって生み出される形状の豊かさが、日常の食卓に彩りを添える。

山中漆器の木地轆轤挽き(きじろくろびき)

木地轆轤挽きとは、山中漆器を代表する、器を形づくる伝統技術である。縦木取りと呼ばれる山中特有の木取り方法により、変形しづらく衝撃に強い漆器となる。そして、木地師それぞれが独自に作った刃物(鉋)を用いて、外側から内側の順番で形を削り出すことにより、完成度の高い木地が仕上げられる。

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