Handcrafted saucer, diameter: 4.72inch (12cm)
Traditional Yamanaka Nuri lacquer craft
The especially remarkable aspects of these Chataku saucers are the wood grain beauty of KEYAKI Japanese zelkova, a type of elm tree, and its simple and natural atmosphere. The wood grain is quite beautiful, and well reflected on the brown lacquer craft. Thin circle lines created by the craftsman’s hand are carved at equal intervals.
SEN SUJI means thousand lines in Japanese. Circle lines are elaborately carved on the thin saucer plate, and it is remarkable that the craftsman creates each line by hand. Making circle lines at equal intervals and equal thickness requires great skill, and these lines created by the experienced craftsman are supremely beautiful. The exquisiteness of nature, which is the wood grain’s coarse yet sensitive lines, and that of the art created by the craftsman, are well matched on this wooden saucer.
The wood is from the Japanese Zelkova tree, known in Japan as KEYAKI. Japanese artisans use KEYAKI for traditional wooden lacquer because the wood is strong and the grain is quite beautiful. It is the ideal surface on which to apply traditional Japanese lacquer.
These Chataku are coated with lacquer four times. Lacquer craft gains the deepness of color and shine and increases in intensity with each new layer or coat of lacquer. These Chataku are made from only natural wood and lacquer material grown in the local area and crafted by traditional technique passed down for many generations. Tochi wood (of the Beech tree family) is used for these.
The size of these Chataku is medium to large, a little bit larger than average. So, these saucer fit both small and large size Yunomi (tea cup). And atmosphere of these Chataku matches both with sophisticated Yunomi like Kyo-Yaki and well-made earthenware like Shigaraki-Yaki.
Specially packaged in a special carton box.
Made in Japan.