Gengetsu Swing Sake Cup / Eiko Tanaka

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The beauty of black streaks

Organic and bold vessel created by Eiko Tanaka, who devotes herself to the full making process from wood grinding to lacquering. This marble-like black streaks pattern found on the horse chestnut was caused by the growth of bacteria. This kind of wood is known as “spalted” wood, which is rare and difficult to find, just like hunting truffles in the forest. With the skillful wood turning and lacquer painting techniques performed by the artist, the unique Japanese horse chestnut is now given a new life. This sake cup sits on a round base, tilting in directions but never falling over. The lacquer drip is a rare sight, and is an expression of the artist's experimentation with the material itself. 

  • Area: Kaga, Ishikawa Prefecture
  • Artist: EIKO TANAKA
  • Material: Japanese horse chestnut and lacquer
  • Size: φ62 x H45mm
  • Capacity: 80ml 
  • This product comes with its original wooden box.
  • Only available in Singapore.

Artist: Eiko Tanaka

A woodturner living in Kaga City, Ishikawa Prefecture. She studied under Torao Nakashima, handling all works by herself, from wood turning to lacquer painting. With the unique sensibility of a woman, she creates beautiful works.

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Instructions for use

To use this product safely and comfortably, please follow the instructions below:

  • Wash before first use with water or warm water.
  • Do not use in dishwasher or microwave.
  • Do not use in oven or on an open fire.
  • Clean the product with a non-abrasive, soft scouring pad.
  • For your safety, do not use any item that is chipped or cracked.
  • As these are handmade products, each piece will look slightly different.
  • Never soak a lacquerware in water for a long time. After using, wash as soon as possible and wipe with a dry cloth.
  • Never leave a lacquerware under direct sunlight directly, or in high humidity, this is to avoid the risk of transformation, discoloration, and mold.
  • To remove oily spots or fingerprints, wipe with a soft cloth.
  • Never use scrubbing brushes, scouring powders, or dishwashing machines.

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