Mitsuhiro Yazawa “Rinka”

From March 22nd at HIN, A&S will present the “Rinka” series by lacquerware artist Mitsuhiro Yazawa. These meticulously crafted pieces, hand-carved and polished with care, exhibit a complexity that cannot be replicated by machines.

Inspired by the elegance of ancient Chinese lacquerware adorned with Rinka floral motifs, this series came to life through the vision of a craftsman who was deeply moved by its beauty. Though the Rinka motif has ancient roots, we are delighted to introduce this new series meticulously crafted by an artisan who cherishes this form. This is a collection of exquisite pieces, unlike anything we’ve presented before.


In this season when the gentle murmurs of blossoms grace the air, we are pleased to feature a carefully curated selection of Japanese crafts alongside the Rinka series. We look forward to welcoming you.


Lacquerware artist Mitsuhiro Yazawa was born in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan, in 1946. After withdrawing from Musashino Art University in 1966, Yazawa studied woodcarving techniques under a sculptor for two years. He learned the technique of lacquer at his father’s studio, which specialized in Kamakura-bori. As an independent artist, Yazawa’s philosophy is to create pottery that deepens in expression and beauty as it is used and to work unrestricted by any preconceived framework to develop a rich range of techniques. Yazawa regularly presents solo exhibitions throughout Japan.

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