This is a one-wheeled insert of a series that expresses the universe consisting of "space," "water," and "yang."
By skillfully using the complex and diverse colors of Owari Cloisonne, the universe was expressed in a vase.
The deep colors created by stacking layers are a gem that allows you to fully enjoy the charm of Owari Cloisonne.
|Manufacturer||KATO SHIPPO SEISAKUSYO|
|Country of origin||Aichi Prefecture, Japan|
|Material||Copper, silver, glassy glaze|
|Note||Since the surface is glassy, it is dangerous because it may be damaged if it receives strong impact or heat. When cleaning, wipe it dry with a soft cloth, or lightly polish it with a soft sponge and a neutral detergent. Never use a hard object such as a steel scrubbing brush.|
|Delivery Time||1-2 weeks (if out of stock + 1-2 weeks)|
The new shape of Owari Cloisonne
KATO SHIPPO SEISAKUSYO
- Owari Cloisonne
- Katsumi Kato, Yoshiro Kato
Tradition inheritance and new challenges
Kato Shichiho Seisakusho set up a workshop in Nagoya in 1948 as a kiln for the traditional craft "Owari Shichiho".
My father has a career of about half a century in Owari Shichiho, and in 2010 he was certified as the first traditional craftsman in the Owari Shichiho industry.
After graduating from the Department of Design, Faculty of Fine Arts, Aichi Prefectural University of the Arts in 2005, I entered the family business of Shichiho no Michi at the age of 25 and learned traditional techniques from my second generation father, Katsumi.
In April 2010, I was appointed as the third representative of Kato Shichiho Seisakusho.
With the skills of Owari Cloisonne cultivated over many years, while inheriting the products that represent Owari Cloisonne such as vases and frame products, we have been actively working on the development of original products with different industries.
We are always looking for a new "shape of cloisonne" that is not available.
A gem that condenses the charm of the cloisonne
Cloisonne refers to a high-purity metal and vitreous glaze fired at a high temperature (around 800 degrees Celsius) and fused.
The history of cloisonne is old, and the prototype of cloisonne was already made in ancient Egypt.
It is said that in the 6th and 7th centuries, it moved to China via the Silk Road and was introduced to Japan around 750.
There are various processes to make one cloisonne, and each of them is mainly handicrafts that require a very precise and delicate sense.
In particular, the wired technique, which is said to be the greatest feature of Owari Cloisonne, is extremely rare because it requires advanced and skilled techniques among many cloisonne techniques.
The cloisonne accessories have condensed the charm of Owari cloisonne into a small world.
These are new-style accessories that are particular about traditional techniques and designs.
Preserving and nurturing a refined tradition
Currently, "Owari Cloisonne" has been designated as a traditional craft and is familiar to many people in various ways that match modern life.
Each piece is created with the utmost effort, and is the crystallization of the craftsman's desire for ultimate beauty.
At our factory, we support a wide range of works by establishing a system for consistent production, and we are striving to pass on the technology.
Utilizing the accumulated technology and experience, we will think about what we can do and constantly search for a new "shape of Owari cloisonne" that has never existed before.
2009 Restoration of "Giboshi" at Taikyokuden (Heijokyo Ruins) p>
2018 Certified as a traditional craftsman
How Japanese Products Can Be Such High Quality
The Reason Japan Can Produce So Many High-Quality Products
To put it simply, it’s because they found a way to produce exceptional products with high efficiency, resulting in surprisingly low prices.
The Japanese Drive for Perfection
The Japanese always seek perfection in both the production process and the products themselves.
As such, the Japanese production process aims to eliminate waste and inefficiencies while guaranteeing quality by having craftspeople inspect their own products and constantly strive to make improvements.
Ingenuity Stemming from the Spirit of “Omotenashi” and “Kikubari”
The Japanese excel at creating and improving things because of their devotion to the ideas of hospitality and attentiveness, known as “omotenashi” and “kikubari” respectively. These ideas push them to uncover, predict, and fulfill their customers’ every need.
This earnestness, as well as how they spare no effort when it comes to offering their customers the very best, is reflected in the products Japan produces.
Trustworthy Suppliers That Deliver On All Fronts
One product is often the result of various organizations joining forces and combining their skills and capabilities.
Japanese suppliers are known for their dedication to delivering high-quality materials, parts, and products on schedule, and it’s thanks to their efforts that Japan can produce such high-quality goods.
The Japanese Are the World’s Most Discerning and Demanding Customers
Many Japanese people have traveled and experienced shopping around the world. This has given them a much more discerning eye for judging the quality of products.
The standards of Japanese people are very high. They are finely tuned not just to the quality, safety, design, and novelty of products, but also to their visual appearance such as their packaging and wrapping.
Made-in-Japan products keep improving in quality in order to meet the rigorous standards of their domestic clientele.
Japan Is Home to Many Long-Established Companies
According to an international survey, Japan has the highest number of companies that have been established over a century ago. In fact, the grand total of 33,076 of such Japanese companies accounts for 41.3% of the total worldwide number of 80,066. The US takes second place with 19,497 companies (24.4%) and Sweden comes in third with 13,997 (17.5%).
Japan also has the highest number of companies that are more than two centuries old, being home to 1,340 such companies, which account for 65.0% of the global total of 2,051. The US takes second place with 239 companies (11.6%), Germany comes in third with 201 (9.8%), and the UK places fourth with 83 (4.0%).
So, Japan is able to produce so many high-quality goods because it’s home to the highest number of long-established companies that have been passing down their knowledge and technical prowess through the generations.
*Source: Based on data from Teikoku Databank and Bureau Van Dijk’s orbis (as of October 2019).
What Makes Traditional Japanese Crafts High Quality
Traditional crafts are the amalgamation of Japanese culture.
“Traditional crafts” is the general term used for crafts that are produced using processes and techniques that have been passed down through generations. In Japan, this includes textiles, dyed goods, ceramics, lacquerware, woodwork, washi Japanese paper, dolls, items for Buddhist rituals, and other goods that enrich our everyday lives.
Traditional crafts are associated with the concept of “the beauty of use”, which refers to products and skills that become easier to use and approach perfection the longer they come into contact with people.
Currently, it is believed that there are approximately 1,300 different types of traditional crafts in Japan.
Among these, 236 crafts have been officially designated as “traditional Japanese crafts” by the Japanese Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry (as of January 2021).
The main criteria for being recognized as a traditional Japanese craft:
Key Parts of the Production Process Must Be Done by Hand
Traditional Japanese crafts do not have to be entirely handmade, but the underlying process that brings out the product’s unique and distinctive characteristics, such as their quality, form, and design, must be handcrafted.
This guarantees that every traditional Japanese craft is, at its core, a product of human hands, meaning that its size and shape have been designed with human comfort in mind. It also makes the crafts much safer.
The Skills and Techniques Used to Make It Must Be Passed Down for Over 100 Years
The Japanese believe that a technique or a skill can only be considered reliable and complete after it’s been refined through trial and error and constant improvements by numerous craftspeople over a period of at least 100 years.
Skills are closely related to the capability of each craftsperson and precision, and they are something that an individual can refine. Techniques, on the other hand, are associated with the historical accumulation of knowledge, including everything from the selection of raw materials to the production process.
All this said, modern craftspeople don’t just mimic the techniques of the past. Rather, they’re continuously coming up with improvements and developing new ways of doing things without fundamentally changing what makes traditional Japanese crafts unique.
The Skills and Techniques Used to Make It Must Be Passed Down for Over 100 Years
As we can see, the secret to the high quality of made-in-Japan products is the drive of Japanese people for perfection, the adherence to their unique philosophy of hospitality, and their discerning eye that can’t be matched.
Traditional Japanese crafts are one level above normal made-in-Japan products, as they must also meet rigorous criteria such as being handcrafted or made using skills and techniques that have been passed down for at least a century.
Thanks to all of the above, Japanese products have become famous for their high quality all over the world.