This piece brings out the natural shapes created by splitting wood. The shape created by splitting the wood is made into a work of art with minimal shaving.
"Yorishiro" refers to a place or thing in which a deity dwells. In the past, people cherished natural formations such as trees and rocks with a sense of awe and reverence.
Japanese Cedar, Nickel Silver
Brand (burnt-in mark of identification) and Year and Month of Creation
W 130mm, D 150mm, H 220mm
After each order, the craftsman will select the wood used to craft the cup and will craft the cup using their artistic sense. For this reason, the actual product's design will differ from the product pictures. The estimated production period will be approximately 2 months. This product will be crafted using Shuji Nakagawa's artistic sense and provide a pleasing aesthetic as well as function. Size may vary slightly since each item is individually handcrafted.
After this product has been ordered, the craftsmen will ship the product directly within 2 - 3 months. Customers are responsible for payment of any customs duties or VAT incurred upon receipt. Tracking numbers will be provided at the time of shipping. Please contact the shipping company for delivery status. Cancellations or changes to orders are not accepted.
This new series called "YORISHIRO" is the result of having its hoops placed closely to the bottom. A usual wooden bucket would have two or more hoops placed in a balanced fashion, and a bottom plate between the hoops. However, this series uses the principle of leverage to eliminate the upper hoop and maintain the natural shape without cutting off the free bends. The hoop at the bottom acts as a fulcrum and reverses the force of the bottom plate to widen the bucket into an upward tightening force.
The "YORISIRO" series is interesting in that it is a wooden bucket with the beauty of nature's form that cannot be created by man. Nakagawa Mokkougei Hira Studio values both the beauty of natural forms and the beauty of human-crafted forms.
【Review】By Arisumi Mitamura, President of the Jury
This work was created with sensitivity and technical prowess, producing vessels that included the natural form of cedar trees and radiated an overwhelming aura at the judging panel. The fact that a new type of beauty was created based on a completely different concept from conventional tub-making techniques shows the fundamental strength of Japanese craftsmanship. The work presented two types of expression with fluctuating shapes that are not regular circles. Both of them are beautiful in form and appearance making them truly outstanding works worthy of the Grand Prix at the inaugural exhibition.