Donburi Bowl (Black or Red)

Donburi Bowl (Black or Red)


approx. 7"D 3.7"H (180mm D 94mm H )
Lacquered Japanese Zelkova wood.
$247 KI01(Black) KI02(Red)

Both of these bowls are strong and solid, yet striking in their simple beauty. The skills of the artisans who made these is obvious, showing grain that is hinted at through the lacquer, promising to emerge subtly with age. The feel as you hold them is one of strength, and you could easily see them lasting hundreds of years. The red bowl is a deep red, almost reddish-brown, incredibly striking in a subdued kind of way. The black bowl retains a soft sheen with ever-so-slight hints of burgundy.

Note: These are made by hand so each one may differ slightly from the photo, they all have their own character.

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Kihachi Studios: Works of Art for Daily Life.

From the oldest studio in one of the most famous lacquerware regions in Japan, we are honored to present the work of Kihachi Studio, creators of exquisite works of art designed for everyday use.

Kihachi Studio, was founded in Yamanaka in 1882. Yamanaka, in Ishikawa Prefecture in the west of Japan, has long been a center of expertise and brilliance in producing lacquerware. Kihachi Studios use only wood from trees grown in Japan and native lacquer.

Yamanaka artists long ago pioneered the use of rokuro -- also known as a lathe -- to create their works. Kihachi employs rokuro methods, using natural materials to create beautiful wares that you can use every day and enjoy for many, many years. With regular use, lacquerware gains it’s own unique character, making each piece its own individual work of art. Grain emerges from shadows, color takes on deeper or muted hues -- the piece evolves and has its own life.

We have visited Kihachi’s store in Kanzawa and we have also taken the train from there down to Yamanaka to witness the creation of fine lacquerware first hand -- coming away impressed, humbled, and in love with the region. We are proud to offer these stunning creations from Kihachi Studios.