*First broadcast on April 22, 2021. Lacquerware is made by coating objects with the sap of the lacquer tree. It's a traditional craft that dates back thousands of years. Lacquer offers incredible durability, as well as a distinctive luster that develops over time. Our main guest, Professor Hidaka Kaori, explains how production techniques are evolving to meet the needs of the modern world. We also see David Morrison Pike, an American potter, demonstrating Kintsugi, a technique that uses lacquer to repair broken ceramics.
An assortment of beautifully decorated lacquerware
Some new products, such as these phone cases, aim to boost demand for lacquer in modern Japan
This card is made from a mixture of lacquer and cotton fabric