Ikkanbari Futamono

Artist: Junko Yashiro
15,000 yen ($102.00 USD)

Ikkanbari Black Container / diameter: dia 6.3cm x h 8.3cm

Lidded container made using used the traditional ikkanbari technique, which involves layering thin pieces of washi paper onto the surface of the wood before finishing it with the application of an urushi lacquer coat. The paper gives the surface of the container a soft textured quality.

Urushi (Japanese lacquer) artist Junko Yashiro creates a distinctive range of beautifully crafted vessels, creating subtle textures on the wood base before finishing with an urushi coat. The production of Japanese lacquerware is traditionally done by two artisans, one skilled in woodworking and the other a specialist in the application of the lacquer. Junko however, completes each of her pieces from start to finish, designing and shaping each vessel, before employing a variety of techniques and urushi finishes to enhance subtle patterns in the wood. The urushi coat also act to protect the wood and increase the durability of the piece.

Junko Yashiro
Born in Saitama Prefecture in 1970.
Graduated from the Craft Department of the Fine Arts Faculty at Tokyo University of the Arts in 1993.
Completed graduate studies in Lacquer Art at Tokyo University of the Arts in 1995.
Currently based in Karuizawa, creating lacquerware works and exhibiting throughout Japan.


  • Dimensions: Dia 6.3cm x H 8.3cm
  • Weight: 54g
  • Material: Keyaki
  • Product No: JY-31
  • Made in Japan