Motif-inlaid Utility Lacquer box!

From January 18th through the 23rd a big exhibition is featuring traditional crafts and artists from all over the Prefecture!
This is a must-see event as Shizuoka Prefecture is a major crafts producing Prefecture in Japan!
No less than 66 artists will be represented!
This is the second installment but I will start soon running a series of individual interviews of these artists who are contributing so much to the preservation of great Japanese traditions!

Geta/wooden clogs and a picture of the artist whom I will interview soon!

Beautifully hand-carved and painted geta for ladies!

Elegant low-heeled men geta!

Nobody but a doll will ever wear these getas as they are smaller than the palm of your hand! Exquisite objet d’art!

Lady kimono “obidome/belt knot cover”!

More cute obidome!

Lady lacquered hairpins/hairknots!

Lady pendant tops, obidome, and hair barettes!

Exquisite business cards holders (for ladies!)!

Motif-inlaid lacquered utility boxes!

The artist about to paint the carved lacquer box!
Will interview him soon!

A favorite of mine: Japanese Sake Serving Glassware!

Business card holders for gentlemen!

Laquered paper tissue/napkin box you could use as a stand at the same time!

Dyed cloth eco-bag!

Wonderful lacquered chopsticks!

Expensive lacquered soup bowls!

Lacquered trays and bento boxes (for ladies) inlaid with dragonfly motif!

Exquisitely feminine bento boxes!

Another favorite of mine: Lacquered Japanese cups! A bit expensive but a true piece of art!

These beautiful insects are made of bamboo!

These bamboo lattice vase or lamp holders are a trademark of Shizuoka!

For a romantic night!

A lot of ladies would love such an elegant hand bag both for its originality and sheer intricacy!

Superb vessels for ikebana/flower arranging!

Traditional Shizuhata/賎機焼 pottery officially recognized as an asset of Shizuoka Prefecture!
The bowls can be used as such or for decoration as they bear pedestals on their back.

When you turn them over you realize they represent the face of a goblin/Oni/鬼!

More pottery from the same artist family I will interview soon!

More celebrated (and expensive!) Shizuhata pottery!

“Wappa” box with interesting motifs!

The artist and his family dye and wash this “Aizome/藍染” dye cloth with the water of their own well!

Dyed cloth bags!

Dyed cloth lady purses!

Don’t worry, many interviews coming soon!

Matsuzakaya Department Store
Right across the street from the Shizuoka JR Station North Exit
Opening hours: 10:00=19:00

For more information on prices, availability and orders please contact:
Robert-Gilles Martineau at Agrigraph
r.martineau@m2-labo.jp
Fax: (81)(0)537-7724

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