Products that are cherished for generations have an intrinsic value,
supported by a system to maintain high quality standards for years to come,
and above all, produced by a group of people with passion to
hand down to the next generation.
Products that are cherished for generations have an intrinsic value, supported by a system to maintain high quality standards for years to come, and above all, produced by a group of people with passion to hand down to the next generation.
The making of urushi works involves the use of a piece of wood called a wooden basis which will be applied by multiple coats of urushi. The Appi urushi works are peopleand environmentally-friendly serveware, using only 100% natural materials for the wooden basis and urushi.
The urushi purification technique and the number of coats are the keys to determine the durability of urushi works. A close collaboration was formed with Iwate industrial test institute (now named as Iwate industrial research institute) to establish a technique that takes full advantage of urushi's unique characteristics.
Simplicity and timeless appeal are the characteristics of the Appi urushi works, designed to accommodate any scene or occasion. To fully appreciate the genuine beauty of the urushi works, no lacquer artwork, gold-lacquer work, or other decorations are applied.
Domestic timbers are used in all wooden basis of the Appi urushi works. Carefully selected warpresistant woods, mainly the betula grossa, buckeye, and Japanese zelkova are utilized for a durable and crack-resistant wooden basis.
Today, about 98% of all urushi used in Japan are imported from overseas. The Appi urushi works use a precious urushi produced in Iwate prefecture in Japan. Japanese urushi emits a pure and soft luster, offering peace of mind to users.
Urushi is a very delicate material, affected by temperature and humidity, and the purification process can change its viscosity and luster as well. All urushi used for the Appi urushi works are purified at our Studio, giving consideration to seasons and weather to maintain its quality
The Appi urushi works are the result of employing highly trained skills and know-how on the urushi purification and coating processes, which are also used in repairing chips and scratches of urushi ware, and recoating of urushi. Our reliable after-sales service enables the use of the Appi urushi works for years to come.
Ashiro Urushi Technique Research Center trains future craftsmen for the Appi urushi works and has churned out many graduates since its opening. The center is committed to maintain a level of high quality and takes a serious approach toward selling of urushi ware.
Timeless designs to ensure years of use; each appi urushi works blend naturally to any type of dish and add a special touch to everyday dining. Our urushi ware will enrich the family moment.
The Appi Urushi Studio produces urushi ware, special orders, and provides after-sales service, while the Ashiro Urushi Technique Research Center further refines its skills and techniques in order to inherit the tradition handed down.
Please join our 1-day lesson for painting original chopsticks or dish with colored Urushi.