Handmade in Japan by Master 廣田洋子 - Hirota Yoko
Hirota Urushi/Maki-e is the Japanese traditional Urushi/Maki-e arts hand-crafted by master Hirota Yoko (廣田洋子). Master Hirota's artworks are unique in designs and techniques which are hard to find among common Urushi lacquerwares.
There are 5 main techniques normally used in master Hirota's art: 布目堆漆塗 (Nunome Tsuishitsu Nuri) - Cloth-textured Urushi Lacquering; 彫漆 (Choushitsu) - Carved Urushi; 金箔 (Kinpaku) - Gold Leaf; 唐塗 (Kara Nuri) - Tang Urushi Coating; 乾漆沈金 (Kanshitsu Chinkin) - Dried Lacquer Gold Engraving
Fountain pens from Hirota collection are handmade one by one and require years to create. Therefore, each of them is only available as few as 1 piece each time.
About Master Hirota Yoko
With a great interest in traditional handmade crafts since elementary school, master Hirota decided to choose this path and developed a strong passion for Japanese Urushi-making traditions. Master Hirota now has more than 30 years of hands-on experience in making Urushi and Maki-e.
Hirota's artwork focus on the stylish minimalism and durability of the objects. Either it's a pair of chopsticks that serve everyday meals or it's an ornament used in the palace, it must last long and express aesthetics of Japan's art.