A variety of lineup of "Owari Shippo" made with successive techniques
Shippo was brought to Japan through the Silk Road all the way from the Middle East. This craft technique applying vitreous glaze on a metal base has such a long history that some artifacts were excavated from the old tombs of the Asuka period, and Shippo ornaments have been made all over the country. The originator of modern Shippo is considered to be Tsunekichi Kaji, a feudal retainer of Owari domain at the end of the Edo period. He originated wired Shippo called "Owari Shippo", since then, the Shippo techniques have developed dramatically. It is succeeded by "Tamura Shippo" which has been holding a kiln since 1883 in Shippo-machi in Aomi-shi, Aichi.
Jyunginginsai · Tamasudare pattern necklace (Rain Lily) 32,000 yen (tax included · same as below).
Necklace with lilies designed with a wire (pure silver streaks) on a pure silver base. Characterized by rounded thickness and deep gloss.
The craftworker family, "Tamura Shippo"
The owner of "Tamura Shippo" is the forth generation, Mr. Takemasa Tamura. He won a number of awards before succeeding the name, and is so skilled that "Madori hydrangea patterned vase" was purchased by the Imperial Household Agency.
Moreover, the amazing thing about this family is that his wife, Miyuki Ota also won many awards and his daughter, Yuki Tamura is a Shippo craftworker as well. Yuki who will succeed the fifth generation in the future is working on raising awareness of cloisonne as a craftworker and poster girl, launching her own jewelry brand.
Jyunginginsai · Sea gradation earrings / pierced earrings 38,000 yen each.
The gradation of blue colors looks refreshing after firing was repeated eight times. It is popular in the net shop as well. The photo is Yuki's younger sister, NANA, who is a Shippo craftworker and also a model.
Planar works are also popular
Not only these accessories, but also plater works which can be decorated in a frame like paintings are popular items in "Tamura Shippo". In many works, Shippo is about one to two postcards in size, but you can see how much skills and labor craftsmen devote to complete the space if you take a closer look. Every piece of work goes through many steps to be completed.
Peacock cloisonne frame · frame included 42,000 yen.
A pair of peacocks represents auspices. It is a work that symbolizes happy marriage. It is a popular work that is often reported in the media.
"Tamura Shippo" keeps making Owari Shippo works loved by a wide range of generations. The tradition of the kiln started in 1883 will be passed down to a far-reaching future.