Saturday, September 10, 2011
Sunday, July 31, 2011
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
Monday, March 14, 2011
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
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
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.
Saturday, January 8, 2011
The crane and pine tree are traditional Japanese designs that represent the blessings of a long and healthy life.
The white lacquer used on the crane turn yellowish as it age. It is not possible to retain white color in lacquer. This is the reason why sometime egg shells are used to represent white. But maki-e pen with egg shells are rare.