Bond Between & Object & Beholder – Makiji Lacquer Bowl by Yusuke Tazawa

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I find it amazing the different thought patterns and processes my mind goes through. It occurred to me recently that many of these are stimulated through the objects that arrive in the shop. As I photograph and interact with each piece, it seems obvious that I would analyse them in more detail than most.

This week saw the arrival of new work by Yusuke Tazawa, most prominently the Black Walnut Tray, the Thin Dish, but also a different take on the Makiji Bowl that he previously made for the shop. This vessel is in a deeper brown lacquer and made me gravitate towards my bookshelf, hunting for a book on “Wabi-Sabi” that was bought for me a number of years ago.

One Kanji that intrigued me the most was this one pronounced “dekoboko”, the Japanese word for “unevenness, roughness, ruggedness”. Although the two Kanji together make a whole, or a complete square, the symbols could be seen as contradictory to the word it’s supposed to represent. This beauty in imperfection will always be one that intrigues me, and is something that I’ll be studying for many years to come, but for some reason it sat with me when viewing this new lacquer bowl by Yusuke Tazawa. Yes, it has raised areas and a roughness about it, but for some reason this makes it complete. This ruggedness makes it whole. His updated stock can now be found in the shop, enjoy.

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