Incense Container “Stream”Uesugi Manju
To create a scarlet line in a white and dark blue gradient, this container was carved in 170 layers of urushi lacquer. The eternally flowing line of the setting sun reflected on the surface of the lake was expressed in the design.
Carved Lacquer Incense Container “Flower Pinwheel”Uesugi Manju
The green and white, white and pink gradients were created by applying 160 layers of urushi lacquer. The shape of the container represents a pinwheel in the spring breeze.
White Carved Lacquer Food Box “Peonies”Uesugi Gakusui
The design of peonies was carved in 80 layers of white urushi lacquer. The tenderness of peony flowers was delicately carved.
lathe, honkataji, lacquer carving
keyaki (Japanese zelkova), urushi lacquer
Carved Lacquer Food Box “Crimson Mountain Camellia”Gakusui Uesugi
After applying 10 layers of black lacquer, 20 layers of scarlet lacquer, then again 5 layers of black lacquer, 35 layers of scarlet lacquer and 15 layers of black lacquer, the pattern of camellia leaves was carved in black lacquer and its flowers in scarlet lacquer. The design of this food box celebrates brave camellia that blooms even in the heart of winter cold.
woodturning, honkataji (lacquer undercoating) and lacquer carving
keyaki (Japanese zelkova) wood and urushi lacquer
Carved Lacquer Incense Container “Flower”Uesugi Gakusui
To create an effect of gradation from black to purple and from purple to white, this container in a shape of lotus flower was carved in 160 layers of coloured urushi lacquer. Gold flakes were sprinkled over the top.
Carved Lacquer Tea Box “Lotus Pedestal”Uesugi Gakusui
After applying 50 layers of black lacquer and 80 layers of red lacquer, the design of skeletons dancing on the lotus flowers was carved in the layers of red lacquer. The parts of the pattern carved in black lacquer represent water’s surface.