BLACK MOON (Lid "Dragonfly")
Ichirin-zashi is a traditional Japanese style of low vase that is made to enjoy the beauty of a single flower. This flower vase allows the viewers to enjoy heart-warming light and the flower at the same time.
In the rogata-chukin method, prototypes are formed using a mixture of pine tar and bee’s wax and then covered with mud to make molds. Melted metal is poured into the molds to shape the products. In 1978, the technique was designated as an intangible cultural asset of Niigata Prefecture.
At Hara Souemon Koubou, three kinds of mud (called mane: the most suitable mud for molding) are applied in layers. After it drys naturally, the molds are heated slowly with charcoal fire to melt the wax out, and molds are formed.
The pieces are burnt with high-quality charcoal until they reach a temperature just before they start to melt. By taking out the pieces right before oxidation and melting start, beautiful red speckles form on the pieces. The copper casted products are called hanshido.
Products with black finish are smoked with dried pine leaves.
The lids are designed in the form of dragonfly, an insect that has been admired for a long time in Japan as a symbol of victory. Although compact, the product has a presence in its form and texture.
The products are designed to meet the needs of modern times while maintaining the traditional techniques of Japan and using locally available natural materials, such as domestic charcoal, rice straw and pine needles.