Takaoka Crafts Competition 2009

The results from the Takaoka Crafts Competition – one of the most anticipated and watched craft shows in Japan – were announced earlier this month! Below are some of the highlights.

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Ken Noguchi’s “Coil Vessel” (lacquer, hemp, paper string) took first place for his bold interpretation of the traditional art of lacquerware.

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Misa Tanaka’s “Shizukana Sora” (Quiet Sky) took second place for her elegant fusing of porcelain and glass.

Placing honorable mention were some notable pieces as well.

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“Oogon” (Golden) by Noriko Matsumoto is stunning in her delicate use of silk and plant dyeing.

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I also like Junpei Tatsuno’s “Zabuton” (cushions used for sitting) molded out of Aizu Kiri wood (Paulownia wood from the Aizu region). Kiri wood has a long history in Japan with the notable tradition of planting a Kiri tree when a baby girl was born and then fashioning it into a dresser as a present when she gets married.

Related:
Birch Sake Bottle | Takaoka Crafts Competition 2008

13 Comments

  1. Really nice. I quite like the Junpei Tatsuno pieces.

    I only recently found your blog and think it’s great… you’ll be added to my blogs links for sure…. looking forward to reading many more posts.

    -Philip

  2. Really nice. I quite like the Junpei Tatsuno pieces.

    I only recently found your blog and think it’s great… you’ll be added to my blogs links for sure…. looking forward to reading many more posts.

    -Philip

  3. Johnny

    October 22, 2009 at 11:52 am

    thanks Philip! You have a very nice looking blog as well!

  4. OMG, the “Shizukana Sora” pieces are beautiful!

  5. OMG, the “Shizukana Sora” pieces are beautiful!

  6. Yes, Shizukana Sora are very beautiful ♥

  7. Yes, Shizukana Sora are very beautiful ♥

  8. I really like the “twist” on the laquerware… beautiful!

  9. I really like the “twist” on the laquerware… beautiful!

  10. Dimitry Alexandrovich Snosko-Borovsky

    October 23, 2009 at 9:49 pm

    Didn’t the neon tie get any mention?

  11. Dimitry Alexandrovich Snosko-B

    October 24, 2009 at 1:49 am

    Didn’t the neon tie get any mention?

  12. thanks for this! wonderful of you to share it. kenza

  13. thanks for this! wonderful of you to share it. kenza

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