Ryuji Mitani Spoon
design: Ryuji Mitani handcrafted in Japan
L 7.0" x w .88" (spoon head)
Born in Fukui Prefecture in 1952 and a self taught artist, Ryuji Mitani established his PERSONA STUDIO in 1981 in Matsumoto City. Mitani began his creation of butter cases, wooden spoons and wooden bowls for daily use, with the aim of creating items that impact on life. He soon became well known for his butter boxes. His career has spanned over 30 years dedicated to his "functional art" work, starting with the simple idea that a small spoon can greatly impact one's quality of life. Mitani is also known as one of the pioneers of the craft fairs in Japan, especially Matsumoto, it's most popular fair.
Each functional piece-whether it be spoon, cup, plate, bowl, is exquisitely hand carved, unique in it's forming and finish.
Materials (country of origin): mountain cherry, Jindai elm, walnut (Japan) and black walnut (U.S.); lacquer (China); perilla oil (Japan); beeswax (Japan)
Notes for use:
Oil finish: Perilla oil, pure vegetable oil, and beeswax are used to coat the pieces, so as to let their natural characteristics shine through. Wash with sponge and diluted soap, drying piece thoroughly before storing. After continued use, the surface of the piece may begin to feel rough. Coat piece with perilla oil or olive oil and work into the wood grain.
Lacquer finish: Black pieces are first dyed with natural plant dye and then coated with raw lacquer from natural sap. Lacquered pieces do not require the same maintenance as oil finished pieces and are able to hold hot liquids. Wash with dish soap after use, rinse and dry thoroughly before storing. Do not place in a dishwasher or microwave.
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