Color

Sparkling colors of castle stone wall

光溢れる石垣

“Raden glass” was born from a technical innovation to combine glass and the traditional “raden” (mother-of-pearl inlay) decoration technique which represents Takaoka lacquerware. With the view to expand the possibility of raden as well as lacquerware that are both veritable traditions of Takaoka in Toyama prefecture, Amano Shikki Co., Ltd. developed the new product and succeeded in the commercialization of the raden glass. The shiny decorations of raden made of abalone shells emerge from the underside of the glass painted in deep black lacquer. The colors change to blue, green or pink depending on the viewing angle, similar to a kaleidoscope and are reflected onto the surface of the drink served in the glassware. The photo shows a glass with “castle stone wall” patterns with which you can enjoy a relaxing time looking into the sparkles of raden.

Raden (Decorative technique)
Raden (mother-of-pearl inlay) is one of the traditional decorative techniques of lacquerware craft. It is known as a prominent feature of Takaoka lacquerware and called as “Aogai-nuri” in that region. The materials used for raden are abalone shells with shiny rainbow-like colors. After shaving a piece into thin slices of 0.1mm, a raden artisan cuts out tiny parts along the patterns using a knife or a needle, then piece them together. This intricate technique allows the artisan to brilliantly express various motifs of landscape, flowers and birds.

「螺鈿ガラス」は高岡漆器を代表する伝統工芸技法である螺鈿をガラス素材と組み合わせる技術革新から生まれた。富山県高岡の伝統である漆器と螺鈿の可能性を広げるため、天野漆器が開発、製品化に成功した。深い漆の黒を背景に、アワビの貝殻からなる螺鈿の輝きが浮かび上がる。その色は、万華鏡のように青や緑あるいはピンクと角度によって変化し、注いだ飲み物の表面をも彩る。写真は「石垣」を描いたグラス。螺鈿のきらめきを眺めながら、ゆっくりとお酒を楽しめるシリーズである。

「螺鈿」(らでん)

螺鈿とは漆伝統工芸の加飾技法の一つ。高岡漆器の代表的な技法でもあり、「青貝塗」とも呼ばれる。アワビ貝など、虹のような輝きを持った貝殻を約0.1mmの薄さに削り、模様に合わせて刀・針等を用いて細かく切り出す。これを組み合わせて華麗に山水や花鳥を表現する技法である。

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