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Uneri54: Sake Server and Hexagonal Sake Cup, Tame

Craft Artist
Katsuji Kamata
Wajima, Ishikawa Prefecture
Sake server: W162 × D132 × H58 mm, Sake cup: Φ60 × H45 mm
Hemp, lacquer

Refined beauty drawn in curves

Katsuji Kamata, a nushi lacquer artist based in Wajima, Ishikawa Prefecture, employs a technique known as dry lacquer or kanshitsu to create light and dynamic shaped vessels. Kanshitsu involves layering hemp cloth with lacquer over a mold, allowing for free-form creativity. Historically used for making Buddhist statues and currently for creating art pieces, it is rarely applied to the production of daily-use items. Katsuji aims to create lacquerware that harmonizes with modern dining tables and enhances the food, handling the entire process from mold making onwards.

The gentle curves extending from the rim to the spout of the katakuchi sake server reveal the softness that can only be achieved with fabric, not with wood. The hexagonal-shaped guinomi sake cup is astonishingly light, with the smooth feel of lacquer gently and comfortably touching the lips. The understated luster of the deeply layered red lacquer, combined with the thin, refined form, imparts a sense of sophistication.

Inspired by the natural beauty of Wajima, where he has lived for many years, the graceful forms of Katsuji’s work reflect this connection. As you raise a cup, you can appreciate the craftsmanship and feel the connection to the land that nurtures such exquisite lacquerware.