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Natsuki Kurimoto 栗本夏樹 graduated in 1985 from the Kyoto City University of Arts, Japan, and obtained his Master's Degree in 1987. Kurimoto started his artistic life early in 1984 when he had his first solo exhibition of lacquer works in Kyoto at the prestigious Suzuki Gallery. He is at present a professor at Kyoto City University of Arts. 


Kurimoto enjoys experimenting with different materials, such as wooden and metallic structures, paper, and even cardboard. He has created big installations for hotels and public spaces. Kurimoto's works are usually bright, and the colours themselves contrast to sharp glossed black lacquer driven all across the material's surface.


These hexagonal bamboo mats 竹橽 are often seen in Chinese kitchens in Hong Kong. Natsuki Kurimoto has experimented with washi paper and layers of urushi 漆. They can now be used as trays and serving plates.

Lacquer Bamboo-weaved Serving Plate by Natsuki KURIMOTO

  • The value of a piece of lacquerware only begins with the materials used to make it. A high quality piece of lacquerware requires the skills of several different elements: lacquer, layers, core materials, decoration, colours, design and process.

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