Zelkova laquer ridged tray with legs

Zelkova laquer ridged tray with legs

Tohru Matsuzaki
Item Number:C18329
H2 W13 D10 in
H5 W32.8 D24.8 cm

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Using chisels and planes he carves the basic forms for his work from valuable blocks of solid zelkova or chestnut wood, finishing them in thick coatings of Japanese urushi lacquer. He creates forms that appear simple but are highly refined, the vermillion red lacquer evoking images of the Jomon period (ca 11000 BC - ca 300 BC). These unique works can be said to embody the essence of the Japanese 'mingei' folk craft movement.


1944 Born in the Umegaoka district of Tokyo as the eldest son of Nihonga-style painter and dyer, Shu-ki Matsuzaki
1967 Graduated from the Literature Department of Tamagawa University
1974 Studied under the potter, Tatsuzo Shimaoka
1982 First selected for the Kokugakai exhibition
1983 Received the Kokugakai New Talent Award
1984 Became an affiliate member of the Kokugakai
1987 Received the Kokugakai Affiliate Award for Excellence
1988 Nominated for membership of the Kokugakai
Moved his studio to Motegi-machi, Tochigi Prefecture
2001 Produced the vases for Daniel Ost's Daniel Ost Flower Festival in Tokyo
2002 Contributed to Shigeru Uchida's Exhibit at the Salone Internazionale del Mobile 2002 in Milan, Italy
2003 Participated in the Turning Point: Oribe and the Arts of Sixteenth Century Japan exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
2006-2009 Become a Chairman of the Judging Committee of Craft Section of the Kokugakai
2009&2012 Solo exhibition at Ippodo Gallery New York
1996-Present Exhibition at Ippodo Gallery Tokyo

In addition, holds various solo and group exhibitions throughout the country.

Public Collection:
Philadelphia Museum of Art / Philadelphia, PA
Detroit Institute of Arts / Detroit, MI
University of Michigan Museum of Art / Ann Arbor, MI
Schleswig Folk Museum / Schleswig, Germany
Kuri no Ki Museum / Nagano, Japan