Known as a visionary for his introduction of the color white in urushi lacquered woodwares, the Matsumoto-based artisan, Ryuji Mitani has paved the way for a new outlook on traditional woodcrafts. Revered the world over, and with an ardent, long-standing following in Japan, he has redefined the very syntax of his field with his leadership and writings in regards to a post-Mingei lifestyle crafts movement called Seikatsu Kogei. As a result he has inspired an entire generation of artisans in his pursuits of blurring established boundaries in his field.
I am a Hakuboku Coffee Cup. Wood you like a cup of coffee?$150.00
I am a Hakuboku Small Bowl. You'll have to eat it all for a nice surprise. At the bottom of my bowl is where it lies.$170.00
I am a wood ‘Mamezara’ Mini Plate. I’m really good at the little things.$95.00
I am a Jū Cross Plate. I'm the Japanese character for '10' so naturally that makes me a 10 outta 10 on the plate scale.$150.00
I am a White Urushi Rimmed Bowl. I'm made of wood? No way!$295.00
I am a wood White Urushi Rimmed Plate. It's so good you could lick the plate. Just don't get tricked when there's none left to lick.$320.00