Lacquer

In the hands of a master craftsman, urushi (lacquer), a thick, viscous, ugly and intractable sap, is transformed. This metamorphosis is not accidental – although much of it is secret – but the result of painstaking hours of meticulous human endeavour. …
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Glass

“But glass remained basically foreign to the Japanese, something that had no roots in indigenous culture. So only artists prepared to take risks used it, artists with a decidedly Western orientation – in other words, those who were notably open-minded …
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Story VII | The Art of the Vessel

Byōbu (vessel)   Mitsumoto Takeshi b. 1962   Reclaimed Iron ‘…the fact that a vase encompasses nothing, is the use of the vase’  Lao Tzu* Seemingly contradictory concepts introduce this article: ‘Vessel’ is defined by the Oxford dictionary as ‘a hollow …
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Story III | The Devil is in the Details

Netsuke Old and New A mysterious or hidden element in the details of something waits to be discovered: It is something that requires one’s full attention and Presence- physical, intellectual and psychic. It may well be overlooked without this Presence, …
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Samurai Tea at The International Show New York

Zimbabwe, the nefarious back streets of Lisbon, Melbourne’s renowned gra ti lanes, Yoko Ono’s peace tower in Iceland, MONA FOMA Tasmania and now the Park Avenue Armory New York, may seem unusual sites for the formal practice of Japanese tea, but …
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