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.
Ken Noguchi’s “Coil Vessel” (lacquer, hemp, paper string) took first place for his bold interpretation of the traditional art of lacquerware.
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.
“Oogon” (Golden) by Noriko Matsumoto is stunning in her delicate use of silk and plant dyeing.
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.