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This Simple Urushito Glass is Complex to Produce

By: Emilie Picillo - Published: Sep 16, 2013 • References: japanjoboji and design-milk
These Japanese glass containers called ‘Urushito Glass’ are designed by Japan Joboji. Despite the simple appearance of these vessels, they are extremely complicated to produce. Urushi is an adhesive lacquer made from the Urushi Tree, which is a versatile substance that can be applied to carpentry and paintings. The glass portion of the design is distinctive for its green tint and is processed in fifteen-hundred degrees Celsius heat.

The glass is light and delicate but is much more durable than most glassware on the market. The Urushi lacquer is applied seven times and each layer must dry before the next application. Each wood, glass and lacquer component is made by hand and only mastered by few. Therefore, although these glassware is incredibly simplistic, its production is extremely tedious, requiring a great amount of skill and patience.