At first sight, Japanese Shippo-yaki looks like intricately hand painted porcelain, but in reality it is richly decorated metalwork objects covered in kiln fired cloisonné enamel. Cloisonne enamelware was a metal working technique using fine, flat copper, silver or gold wires, cut, bent, and soldered or glued to the metal base item, then filled with finely ground colored glass paste, and fired at high temperatures to produce a glossy pattern or design. The wires become part of the work, framing the designs, but also keept the molten enamel in place during firing. Each of the pieces is fired four to eight times, resulting in a deeper, richer glaze. The works are then highly polished bringing out the smooth, glassy surface features of Japanese Shippo-yaki.
The techniques were first developed in Mesopotamia, and spread to Egypt, China, and eventually Japan. The Japanese artisans of Aichi perfected the techniques, creating large quantities of very highly skilled work. From about 1833, Aichi Prefecture was the center of cloisonné production, which became known as Shippo-yaki after the area in which it was produced. Shippo means “Seven Treasures”, and is taken from the Buddhist scriptures regarding the beauty of seven kinds of treasure. “Yaki” means kiln fired. Aichi Prefectures’ Shippo-yaki became world famous, much sought after and prized following its inclusion in the Paris International Exposition of 1867, and is designated a traditional Japanese craft.
One of the best places to see and experience Shippo-yaki is at the Shippo Art Village in Ama City, just west of Nagoya. Masterpiece works are on display in the Fureai Museum, where you can see and learn about the craft and its history. Watch a Shippo artisan at work, and even try making your own accessories and items in the workshop area.
Light refreshments are available in the lobby café, and quality shippo-yaki wares are on sale too.
|Location|| : 〒497-0002
2000, Jusanwari Toshima, Shippo-cho, Ama-City, Aichi
|Fee||: Admission free. Art exhibitions charged separately. Admission fee: adults (high school age and over) 310 yen, elementary and junior high school students 100 yen|
days / hours
| : Interaction Hall 9:00 to 21:00, other facilities 9:00 to 17:00
Fureai Open Lawn
March to November 8:30 to 21:00
December to February 8:30 to 19:00
|Parking||: 100 parking spaces|
|Holidays||: Every Monday, the day after a public holiday (if this is a Monday, the following day), year-end and New Years (December 29 to January 3)|
|Phone number||: 052-443-7588|
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