Saturday, September 10, 2011

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Namiki Nippon Art - Crane and Turtle

千年, 亀年。
As the Crane one thousand year, the tortoise ten thousand years

...this is an old Japanese saying describing the symbols of youth and old age (long life), Tsuru (crane) and Kame (turtle).

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Maki-e Pen Meet

A friend of has bought a Namiki Snowy Egret and wanted to compare with my  years old Snowy to see what's the difference.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Namiki - Emperor Goldfish

In 2009, Namiki have made some changes to it's Emperor collection. A few pieces are discontinued. And 2 new designs are introduced. The Carp in Waterfall was replaced by the Emperor Goldfish.

This pen is unlike all previous Emperor pen design.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Namiki - Hummingbirds

I have mention previously that in 2004 Namiki launch a new series of maki-e pens. They discontinued almost all of their old Yukari range except this piece.

They did the right thing as this is one beautiful piece of artwork.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Various Techniques of Maki-e

Maki-e is a unique art form of sowing gold and silver powder on contour lines drawn with sticky Urushi lacquer to form elaborate designs. Numerous techniques are employed in the process. The depth of color improves with each additional layer of lacquer.  It takes several months to produce just one Maki-e pen.

The rich reflected glow of gold and silver powders imparts a powerful impression, and a world of exquisite beauty leaps forth from the powerful design portrayal. This level of art requires a long tradition of inherited master skills.

Namiki - Snowy Egret

In 2004 Namiki launch a new series of maki-e pens for their entire range. They had discontinued most of the old design.

A new range is added - Yukari Royale.