Traditional Crafts of Tokyo 東京の伝統工芸品Traditional Crafts of Tokyo 東京の伝統工芸品

Owari Shippo

Owari Shippo Photo

It was not until the latter part of the Edo period (1600-1868) that Owari Shippo got its start. The area centered on present-day Nagoya was the domain of the Owari clan. The first pieces were made here and the skills and techniques of this craft gradually became established. The oldest piece of authenticated Owari Shippo is a sake cup made in 1833. In a sense, cloisonne is a form of glazed ware utilizing the fact that enamels will melt under extreme heat, rather in the way that glazes for pottery melt in a kiln. The main difference is that metal is the base material of cloisonne. The birds, butterflies, flowers and plants depicted on Owari Shippo give it its distinctive character. There are now producing a variety of cloisonne flower vases, incense holders, dishes and jewelry boxes.