Kihachi Works

Kihachi Works

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.

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approx. 5.9"D 1.57"H (150mm D 40mm H)
Lacquered Sennoki wood
$69.00 Purchase here

These bowls are light as a flower petal,  and like a flower petal, they appear to be in motion. We jokingly call the lighter one a potato chip. But don’t be fooled into thinking they are too delicate to use. They are incredibly durable thanks to their lacquer finish. So you can enjoy these flowers of wood for a long time. They really are stunningly beautiful.

KI05(urushi)   
KI06(natural)

1. Donburi bowl

1. Donburi bowl

approx. 7"D 3.7"H (180mm D 94mm H )
Lacquered Japanese Zelkova wood.
Available in Red or Black
$247 Purchase here

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.

KI01(Black)
KI02(Red)

2. Itosuji Bowl (Large & Small)

2. Itosuji Bowl (Large & Small)

Lacquered Japanese Zelkova wood
L: approx. 5.1"D 3.38"H (130mm D 86mm H) $80
S: approx. 4.25"D 3"H (110mm D 75mm H) $52
Set of 2 $120

Purchase here

These bowls are notable for their precision, a striking example of the rokuro technique pioneered in Yamanaka. It is almost as if a pebble was dropped into the center of the bowl and perfect concentric circles branched out, filling the inside, washing over the edge and down the outer side of the piece. Truly a unique style.

KI03 (Large)
KI04 (Small)

2. Itosuji Bowl (Large & Small)

2. Itosuji Bowl (Large & Small)

Lacquered Japanese Zelkova wood
L: approx. 5.1"D 3.38"H (130mm D 86mm H) $80
S: approx. 4.25"D 3"H (110mm D 75mm H) $52
Set of 2 $120

Purchase here

These bowls are notable for their precision, a striking example of the rokuro technique pioneered in Yamanaka. It is almost as if a pebble was dropped into the center of the bowl and perfect concentric circles branched out, filling the inside, washing over the edge and down the outer side of the piece. Truly a unique style.

KI03 (Large)
KI04 (Small)

3. Motion Plate

3. Motion Plate

approx. 5.9"D 1.57"H (150mm D 40mm H)
Lacquered Sennoki wood
$69.00 ea.
$128.00 (Set of 2) Purchase here

These bowls are light as a flower petal,  and like a flower petal, they appear to be in motion. We jokingly call the lighter one a potato chip. But don’t be fooled into thinking they are too delicate to use. They are incredibly durable thanks to their lacquer finish. So you can enjoy these flowers of wood for a long time. They really are stunningly beautiful.

KI05(urushi) shown here  
KI06(natural)

4. Teppatsu

4. Teppatsu

approx. 8.9"D 2.28"H (236mm D 58mm H)
Lacquered Sennoki wood
$110.00   Purchase here

This is a great piece that can be used for serving food, for display or whatever you’d like, although as much as it does look like a perfect-sized frisbee, we’d probably suggest another use - unless you are very sure-handed or playing on carpet. In that case, have at it and please let us know how it flies. As for us, we like it for showcasing fresh flowers and herbs in spring and summer or fruits year-round. But seriously, this is a beautiful work of art. The grain is stunning and with use, this will become an object to treasure for generations.

KI07

Donburi Bowl (Red)

Donburi Bowl (Red)

approx. 7"D 3.7"H (180mm D 94mm H )
Lacquered Japanese Zelkova wood.
Available in Red or Black
$247 Purchase here

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.

KI02(Red)

Donburi Bowl (Black)

Donburi Bowl (Black)

approx. 7"D 3.7"H (180mm D 94mm H )
Lacquered Japanese Zelkova wood.
Available in Red or Black
$247 Purchase here

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.

KI01(Black)