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Kagawa Shikki Teruaki Watanabe

We visited Teruaki Watanabe during production demonstration in Aoyama square on June 23, 2015.

Basic knowledge of Kagawa Shikki

As for the Kagawa Shikki, Zokoku Tamakaji studied Laquer Ware technique that "*hishio" (kimma) was transmitted through "*sei" (zonsei) from Thailand and Chugoku late in the Edo era and began because we added technique of our country ancient times to them and brought about new technique.

We inherit the technique, and a lot of Laquer Ware with characteristic is produced now around Takamatsu-shi of Kagawa,
We call them "Kagawa Shikki" collectively.
Tatami-room table and cabinet, tray, saucer for a teacup, cake bowl are the best among the whole country by being rich in kind.

"*hishio" (kimma) which is representative technique "Goto coat" (apply father) "*sei" (zonsei),
When, "lacquer-carving (choshitsu)," all employ "Zokoku's method of lacquerware painting" (elephant is thick, and paint); with time
"Astringent juice" and "taste" add to beauty, and color peculiar to Kagawa Shikki appears.
Orders increase year by year from the start from each places of the whole country, and the Kagawa prefecture is attracting attention now.

-Brief career history -

1949 Takamatsu-shi, Kagawa life
We learn from Watanabe Laquer Ware shop entering a company father, one husband (Master of Traditional Crafts) in 1969
Representative appointment company's in 1989
2001 Minister of Economy Trade and Industry designated Kagawa Shikki Master of Traditional Crafts authorization


-Prize career -

Choice with 2003 Kagawa art exhibition
With 2005 Japan Master of Traditional Crafts society exhibition choice
Choice with 2006 Kagawa art exhibition
2007 Japan Master of Traditional Crafts society exhibition chairperson Prize second manners of entering a tea-ceremony room prize
With Officially designated Traditional craft products open call for participants exhibition choice national in 2008
With Officially designated Traditional craft products open call for participants exhibition choice national in 2012

It is the course of nature that oneself inherited business

(Q) At first please tell opportunity when you were going to get this occupation.

It is the first reason that father was Master of Traditional Crafts of Kagawa Shikki. I am the second son of four brothers, but all the brothers except me are doing office worker having nothing to do with industrial arts person really.

(Q) Is that so? Did it have any special reason that Teruaki who was the second son inherited business not the eldest son?

No, with there not being reason in particular, but having been which oneself was skillful with among brothers from old days,
We think that it was the course of nature that oneself inherited business because we liked manufacturing since it was small.

(Q)Is that right? Then Kagawa Shikki had five kinds of technique of the difficult name, and amateur like me was hard to know (laugh) and watched if Watanabe was good at "Goto coat" in that. Please tell the reason.

Well. This does not have reason particularly either, but is flow that I succeeded necessarily as technique that father who is Master of Traditional Crafts was good at was "Goto coat".
We add technique of "*sei" more and only make original work while succeeding to technique of "Goto coat" of father in the case of me.

(Q)Oh? ・* * That means?

Thing making by production demonstration is right thing called "grind, *seitenhori ri of Goto coating" now,
We are making point carving of *sei on Goto coating.

Briefly, point carves outline of flower with tool such as this mechanical pencil and comes,
We finally polish gold dust with lacquer which we mixed and bury gold dust in outline part.
It may be hard to come in photograph a little.

Because we produce until tomorrow, Wednesday, June 24 and demonstrate, we want you to see direct by all means at this opportunity.

Well! It was asked a question customer of woman considerably eagerly some time ago.

As we produce with much effort here and demonstrate, we want to call out by all means, and to be and to ask.
You may have you talk casually!

In the future that is not so far as for the father and son exhibition holding

Thank you for your various stories Watanabe, today.
Son of Watanabe seems to be training himself now for the third generation.
It may be the future that is not so far on day of father and son exhibition holding either.

Watanabe performs exhibition in Japan Traditional Crafts Aoyama Square once a year and seems to become more than another ten years.
He/she seems to demonstrate display & production again next year.
We hold Kagawa Shikki Master of Traditional Crafts Teruaki Watanabe exhibition of this year until 17:00 on Wednesday, June 24.
Would you like to come when you are in the neighborhood to see work of Watanabe by all means?