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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Ceramic

There can be no greater example of the Japanese fusion of beauty and function, 用 and 美、than in the world of ceramics. Although China gave its name to porcelain when it was introduced to Europe, it is Japan that has …
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Order of the Rising Sun : Decorating an Australian Collector

Ambassador Akimoto and Mrs Pauline Gandel Longstanding client of LKG, inspirational philanthropist, longest-serving President of Melbourne Urasenke tea group and serious collector of Japanese lacquer, Pauline Gandel, was recently awarded the Imperial Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with …
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2015 The Year of the Green Wooden Sheep

illustration by Shumei Kobayashi – water colour and ink on paper Shumei Kobayashi’s fine portrait of the Sheep presented to us earlier this year heads up our New Year Greetings. I am a passive onlooker I let bygones be bygones …
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Mitsuo Shoji : A Vocation in Fire

Mitsuo Shoji : A Vocation in Fire from Lesley Kehoe Galleries on Vimeo. Mitsuo Shoji speaks of a child-like fascination with fire, and like many ceramic artists, is intrigued by the serendipitous action of the kiln, its alchemical transformative power. …
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