Artisan Japanese urushi lacquer, or urushi-nuri in Japanese, has several notable lacquer ware techniques. Urushi-nuri yield a waterproof finish.
Our friend, Mr. Osamu NEGISHI from Kiso, Nagano--also famous for its kiso urushi-nuri--applies the aka-tamenuri, kiji-tame and nuri techniques to our pens. Aka-tamenuri (aka meaning ‘red’) renders a smooth, red gloss. Kiji-tame (kiji meaning ’grain of wood’) renders a transparent effect on the wooden barrel.
Both techniques are polishing finish.
The fuki-urushi (fuki meaning ‘wipe off’) technique renders a clear finish so that the grain of the wood is enjoyed. Motoshi completes the fuki-urushi work himself. Interestingly, after the clear urushi is applied and wiped, it must dry in a moist setting, and Motoshi repeats this cycle more than 10 times for each pen.
Our friend, Ms. Masako NOMURA applies maki-e, raden, and rankaku on our pens. These are intricate and detailed techniques that yield beautiful results. Her techniques of taka maki-e and togidashi maki-e also make beautiful and unique designs.
She was born in Yuki city, Ibaraki, Japan in 1971. She studied Textile Design at Tama Art University. She also became a student of Urushi Artist, Mr. Tsunenobu NAMIKI to study Urushi Kogei (Urushi styled art).
She began her profession as an Urushi Artist in 1998.
In 2008 she received the ‘Gendai Kogei Sho’ Prize at the 47th Japan Contemporary Arts & Crafts Exhibition.
Her exhibitions are held several times a year in Kanto area.