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Japanese lacquer repair of the broken SEIGAN blue Teabowl.

October 30, 2008 1:59 PM  

The other day, the customer who lives in US bought a SEIGAN blue Teabowl.

 

But the Teabowl had already broken, when it arrived.

 

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Then, he requested Japanese lacquer repair of the work to me.
I requested restoration of his Teabowl to the japanner.
Restoration is fundamentally pasted up with a lacquer.
Gold etc. are applied on those Japanese lacquer.

In the studio where I requested restoration, the material was able to be chosen from five kinds (http://po6.nsk.ne.jp/~nusiya/syuuri/sozai.html).

Lusterless Gold.
Lusterless Silver.
Polish Gold.
Polish Silver.
Polish Red copper. 

My customer chose the lusterless silver which matches SEIGAN blue.
Since a SEIGAN blue Teabowl appeared just like the universe, he likened the Teabowl after restoration with the Galaxy by choosing silver as a repair material.

We waited for the repair period of about two months, and received the restored Teabowl.

 

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Silver repair 06.jpgThe restored blue Teabowl looked true like the Galaxy of the universe!

 
Finally he desired to write a craftsman's restored signature to the reverse side of the lid of a storage box.

The craftsman who restored accepted his proposal pleasantly.

 

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The japanner's YAGI-San restored this Teabowl.

His studio is "URUSHI KOBO NUSHIYA" (Japanese lacquer studio NUSHIYA).
(
http://po6.nsk.ne.jp/~nusiya/) .

I learned lot by this restoration.
The work after restoration was again born in a completely new work.
And the work was blown in a new life and showed the figure which is completely different to us.
I was able to realize anew the importance using a thing carefully and for a long time, and the traditional restoration technique of Japan which does not spoil beauty.

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