Seto Susumu walnut cup
Fuki-urushi lacquered cups hand cut and finished by Seto Susumu from dark walnut or reddish sakura (Japanese cherry) in his small workshop in Asahikawa city at the heart of the Hokkaido mountains. Urushi is a natural lacquer made from the sap of Toxicodendron vernicifluum (Japanese sumac) believed to have been in use in Japan since around 7000BC. Traditionally it has been used to seal and waterproof wooden sake and tea ceremony cups, ramen bowls, and platters, and is prized in Japan for both its durability and its self evident beauty. The cups have a diameter of about 8cm, and height of 6cm.