Urushi Footed Bowl

Artist: Tadami Iwamoto
18,000 yen ($166.12 USD)

Hand-carved footed bowl finished with black urushi (lacquer). While the interior is a solid black the thin black lacquer coat on the exterior gives it a subtle reddish black tone which will fade with age and use revealing more of the original wood color. (**see the final image )

Urushi craftsman Tadami Iwamoto carves each of his vessels and utensils without the use of a lathe, using only small tools to hollow out and shape each piece. The process is time consuming and limits the quantity of his output but results in forms that are organic and textured.

Traditionally producing urushi lacquerware requires the skills of two artisans, one with skilled in wood carving or turning to prepare the wood base and a second craftsman skilled in applying the urushi. Iwamoto-san performs both roles producing each of his vessel from start to finish.

About Urushi ( Japanese Lacquer )

It's deep shiny lustre, extreme resilience and durability has made Urushi ( Japanese Lacquer) an integral part of the Japanese lifestyle for thousands of years. It has been used on everything from tableware to furniture, tea ceremony tools, buddhist temple altars to hairpins, combs, pen and accessories.

Urushi is the sap of the Urushi tree that is native to Japan and a few other Asian countries. It is a natural, living substance that contains no artificial chemicals. After the urushi sap has been removed from the tree it undergoes a period of aging for 3 to 5 years and is refined and processed in preparation for application to a variety of surfaces, most commonly wood. When applied in thin coats it hardens to form an extremely strong durable coating that will last a lifetime with care.

In most cases creating urushi ware is a community craft that usually requires the abilities of more than one skilled artisan to complete each piece of work. The creation of the the underlying woodwork and the application of the lacquer are usually done by two separate artisans collaborating closely.


  • Dimensions: Dia 12cm x H 8.5cm
  • Weight: 121g
  • Material: Wood / Urushi
  • Product No: W-106-3-1
  • Made in Japan