About Yamanaka Lacquerware
History of Yamanaka Lacquerware
Yamanaka lacquerware, also known as Yamanaka-nuri, is a type of lacquerware with a history of about 400 years, produced in Yamanaka Onsen, Kaga City, Ishikawa Prefecture.
In Ishikawa Prefecture, there are three major production areas: "Wajima for lacquering", "Kanazawa for maki-e", and "Yamanaka for Kiji(wooden basis)".
In the 16th century, woodworkers from Echizen migrated to the Yamanaka area and started making wooden basis using a Rokuro(woodturning), which led to the development of the technique of wood grinding that symbolizes Yamanaka lacquerware.
Features of Yamanaka Lacquerware
Yamanaka lacquerware boasts the largest production volume of wooden basis in Japan.
The distinctive feature of Yamanaka lacquerware is that it is made by taking the shape of the bowl in the direction in which the tree grows.
This process produces robust lacquerware that is less prone to warping due to drying.
Craftworkers in Yamanaka
Wooden basis craftsman (Kijishi)
The craftsman who makes the wooden basis.
Yamanaka is the best place in Japan for creating round objects such as bowls using Rokuro(woodturning).
Base coat craftsman
The craftsman who applies a base coat of lacquer or powder to the wooden basis.
It is said that the robustness and beauty of lacquer ware depends on the quality of the base coat.
Wipe-lacquering is a technique in which raw lacquer is repeatedly applied and then wiped off.
Skilled craftsmen produce lacquerware with a beautiful gloss and translucent wood grain.
Lacquer craftsman (Nushi)
The craftsman who applies lacquer to the wooden basis.
There are three stages of lacquering: base coat, middle coat, and top coat, and a high level of expertise is required.