Hirota Urushi - Kushime Tsuishitsu Nuri - Byako
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Hirota Urushi is the Japanese traditional Urushi 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 4 main techniques normally used in master Hirota's art:
- 櫛目堆漆塗 (Kushime Tsuishitsu Nuri)
- 金箔 (Kinpaku)
- 石目堆漆塗蒟醤 (Ishime Tsuishitsu Nuri)
- 金彩ひび塗 (Kinsai Hibi Nuri)
Fountain pens from Hirota collection are handmade one by one and require years to create. Therefore, each design is limited to only 1-3 pieces.
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.
Background of master Yoko Hirota:
1988: Graduated from Joshibi University of Art and Design
1991: Completed research course at Kagawa Prefecture Urushi Art Institute; Selected for Japan Traditional Lacquer Art Exhibition
1993: Graduated from Kagawa Prefecture Urushi Art Institute; Fukuoka Art Exhibition First Prize
1994: Fukuoka Art Exhibition Board of Education Award; Selected for Japan Industrial Arts Association Western Art Exhibition
1995: Selected for Japanese Traditional Crafts Exhibition; Western Crafts Exhibition Urasoe Mayor's Award
1996: Buzen City Cultural Merit Award
1997: Seibu Crafts Exhibition Award of Mayor of Urasoe
1998: Fukuoka Art Exhibition West Japan Newspaper Award
1999: Became a member of Fukuoka Art Association; Certificated as a regular member of Japan Crafts Association
2004: OAB Oita Asahi Broadcasting Award at Western Crafts Exhibition
2005: Oita Mayor's Award at Western Crafts Exhibition
2006: Solo Exhibition at Buddha Museum
2008: Western Traditional Craft Exhibition Asahi Welfare Culture Corporation Award
Material & art: Ebonite, Urushi
Filling mechanism: Converter or Cartridge (European International Standard)
Nib: #6 Jowo stainless steel, Wancher 18K gold
Feed: Plastic, ebonite black, ebonite red
Compact air-tight cap: Preven dried-out ink problem
Size & Shape
Traditional Japanese Wooden Box + Cartridge & Converter + Instructional Materials
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