07 Jun Understanding the beauty of Japanese crafts
Traditional Japanese crafts has come a long way. Dating back thousands of years, Japanese crafts have included pottery, calligraphy, textile and many more. Groups of craftsmen and artisans are still keeping the tradition alive with techniques passed down for generations.
Pottery, for instance, is one of the oldest art form in Japan with the earliest type of pottery found during the Jomon Period of 14,000 – 300 BCE. Techniques have been preserved and passed down through generations.
Unlike mass-produced items, each piece is meticulously handmade by craftsmen and artisans who have mastered its art. Crafted with care and sincerity, each product passes through the hands of these craftsmen who wishes that it brings joy to your everyday life. With materials sourced locally, production is usually kept small as it typically takes one month or longer to finish a product. Each production stage is carefully observed and inspected with care to ensure quality. Producing items like crockery and lifestyle goods by hand, they tend to last longer and will age well as time passes by. Each craftsmen have their own set of ways in producing pottery just like how different types of pottery are known in various regions in Japan.
Each handmade product is aesthetically different due to the natural manufacturing process which are affected by the difference in environment and temperature during the firing or glazing stage. This makes each product unique with its own characteristics.
There is beauty and character in these traditional handmade items which cannot be found in stores. By recognising and appreciating the value of such Japanese crafts, it helps these craftsmen grow to reach a wider audience with their art.