Like a floating stage for tea
Tableware with a rustic texture can sometimes be too countrified. However this tray has been given angled edges. Angled edges create a sharp image. They draw your attention away from the thickness of the tray. The angled edges make it look like it floats from the table, and gives a three-dimensional appearance. The floating image will accentuate your tea set on it.
This tray is not as big as a dinner mat. It is the perfect size for a tea tray. This size tray could also be for lunch. Your usual sandwich and soda will look different on the tray, perhaps like a premium lunch.
Kanazawa paulownia wares take advantage of wood material with traditional techniques. The dark stained color has been created by burning the surface. Paulownia is a soft and light wood. Even fingernails can make a mark on it, it is that soft. All the more reason why the soft, light wood and austere color produce the warm and rustic atmosphere. The wood grain and the matte surface help the natural appearance. Paulownia ware will surely give you a feeling of relief.
Kanazawa paulownia craftwork
Kanazawa paulownia craftwork flourished in the castle town of Kanazawa since the Edo period. They used to make paulownia hibachi (brazier) with fine paulownia resources, excellent woodturning techniques, and beautiful gold-relief. There are some other paulownian craftwork production regions in Japan. However, Kanazawa paulownia craftwork is unique. It is not the usual white paulownia craft of Japan. The surface is burned and polished, and has a distinctive stained skin. The demand for hibachi as a heating appliance has been decreasing since the 1960’s with the fuel revolution. Many makers have closed their business since then. Certain makers who switched to produce daily necessities keep doing their business nowadays. Vases, table wares, and some other items are still being produced by taking advantages of distinctive traditional techniques.
|Production region||Kanazawa (Ishikawa Japan)|
|Coating / Glaze||Urethane lacpuer|