Lacquered bamboo jar
To complete this piece, coiled bamboo basketry is firstly carved on a lathe into the desired shape. A mixture of lacquer - obtained from the Gluta usitata tree - and ashes of burnt rice paddy husks is then applied to the object. Upon exposure to air the mixture dries to form a watertight seal that is polished before another coat is applied. This process is repeated until a rigid base is formed, and a final polishing is executed with sandpaper. Then several coats of pure lacquer are painted on the object, with drying periods in between each coat.
The work is partially polished with sandpaper according to a predetermined pattern - generally concentric - and a few coats of different lacquer colors are applied to the surface. Then the object is left to dry for a few days. The process remains identical for each ensuing color, alternating lacquering and polishing sessions until the design is achieved. The final coat is washed with water and polished with powdered fired clay, offering an irresistible sheen.
- Lacquered bamboo
- 0.53 lbs
- 3.5 inches H x 6.3 inches Diam.
- Made in Thailand
I have put this beautiful bamboo jar on a small end table that is in the corner of my dining room. The color is so beautiful and it really pops on the black table! It amazes me that bamboo can be turned into something so beautiful! It is very lightweight, but smooth and shiny and has black on tan mixed into it throughout and on the top. I am seriously thinking of ordering the larger one and displaying them together. Do not hesitate to order this beautiful piece! Bravo to the artist for his superb craftsmanship of this lovely item!