Red lacquered tea caddy with ridged spiral design
Kuroda Tatsuaki 1904-1982
Kuroda Tatsuaki was born into a family of lacquerer in Kyoto, was a woodworker and lacquer artist , designated as a Living National Treasure for his woodworking in 1970 . In his teens he already desired to undertake the entire process of lacquerware-making instead of a traditional practice of divided labour in lacquer craftsmanship . His decision coincided with an early 20th century awareness of being a comprehensive artist. His encounter with the potter Kawai Kanjirō and the intellectual Yanagi Sōetsu introduced him to the early Mingei (Folk Crafts) movement active in Kyoto in late 1920’s. He studied the past artefacts from Japan and Korea to nurture his inspiration to develop the original shape and design of his own. His technical invention includes yōgan raden, the Mexican abalone mother-of-pearl inlay. He perfectionated the technique of fukiurushi, impregnating the wood with the lacquer to highlight the beauty of the grain of wood.