Shapes of bowls from ancient times


“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.




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