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Kazumi Murose


Kazumi Murose studied and learnt urushi arts at the Fine Arts Research Department, Tokyo University of Arts, where he also obtained his Master's degree in 1976. At university, he studied under the then master and National Living Treasure of maki-e, Matsuda Gonroku, as well as Gonroku's disciple, Taguchi Yoshikuni. Murose is a master of the maki-e technique, using it to create highly refined modern designs. While his technique is deeply rooted in the millennial urushi tradition, Murose explores and bridges the technique with the modern world through constant development of designs and personal style. He has also worked extensively both in Japan and abroad on the restoration of urushi works.

National Living Treasure - the category of maki-e
Japanese government

The tradition of maki-e technique dates back to 8th century Japan. Developed in Japan over a thousand years ago, this technique of lacquer work has been developed and adapted throughout the ages ensuring the perpetuity of tradition while producing innovative designs. The technique of maki-e consists of drawing a pattern with urushi lacquer. Before the lacquer dries, it is sprinkled with gold and silver powders with a small tube-like tool. The lacquerer taps the tool delicately to lightly spread the powder. Once urushi stiffens, it becomes firm and resistant to water, fire and light acid.

Technique Maki-e Style Urushi lacquerware Objects The Ateliers of Wonders Exhibition 12 Stone Garden Exhibition Contact
Tokyo, Japan

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