MINASE ”Shibo-Urushi” Series
Maki-e is not the only way to enrich the expression of Urushi.
“Shibo-Urushi” is different from ordinary Urushi and creates a strange yet beautiful space.
It uses a viscous mixture of Urushi and egg white. The unevenness created by the Urushi creates a unique landscape on the board.
Please note that the pattern of Shibo-Urushi is slightly different because it is hand-made one by one.
This work is done by applying layers of Shibo-Urushi and grinding out only a part of the red part.
This technique gives a flow and interest to the Urushi ware which tends to be monotonous.
The equilibrium of shiny black and flickering scarlet has a depth that you will never get tired of.
The haze of metallic is created by sprinkling tin on the Shibo-Urushi.
Since it does not have a definite shape, it is interesting that the view beyond the haze changes depending on the viewer.
It can look like a winter mountain or a spring haze being blown by the wind.
Gold and Urushi have long been a part of traditional beauty.
This artwork expresses gold (kogane) swaying and spreading with strained Shibo-Urushi.
Its presence is like a polished gem.
A Sky Full of Shells
The blue part of the luminous shell is selected and encrusted on the black board.
After that, Shibo-Urushi is applied on top and the shells are polished to complete the work.
The expression changes depending on how it is polished.
The shining blue shell and the depth of the jet-black color remind me of the sky beyond the night sky.
URUSHI dial crafted by Junichi Hakose