Copperplate painting tea cup (cat's grass)
Very thin and light tea cups and plates with printings of cats and mice dressed in Kimono, a dreamaway scene back to the Meiji period in Japan
In the Meiji era (1868 to 1912) in Japan, a revolutionized ceramic production invented when painting could be made by printing, it enabled mass production of many artistic ceramics that used to me painted by hand.
The typical technique is copperplate painting (copperplate transfer), which is a technique of copying a copperplate print on Japanese paper (washi paper) to a plain pottery surface.
This technique, which is prone to copy unevenness and color unevenness, is currently performed only in a limited number of factories. Some of the factory who still do copper plate painting is often using another similar technique called silk screen printing, it is to place the printing ink through the grain using a finely woven fabric such as silk as a plate. Silk-screen printing engraving is done on a copper plate that uses a brush to draw patterns by hand, using a film obtained by photographing the original image and after, printing it directly on a cloth plate, so the original image can be reproduced.
Silkscreen printing is a very effective way to make copperplate printing more easily, but it has one imperfection. Since printing is performed by printing ink through a texture, lines that are thinner than the size of one square of the texture cannot be made.
In this Copperplate printing series, the miniature painting of Atsuko Yukawa has been detailly printed onto the ultra-thin ceramic called Eggshell by Marunao Seitosho by using the original copperplate printing technique.
It is a gentle and precise line drawing, naturally, the only original copperplate painting can maintain.
On a copper plate coated with wax, a copperplate maker duplicates Yukawa's original picture with an iron brush, and then immerses in acid, and only the parts of the picture where the wax has peeled off will be corroded.
Wet the transfer paper (washi paper) with water, paste it on a curved ceramic with a brush, and transfer the pattern, this process is directed by Mr. Marunao to minimize copying unevenness, Marunao Seitosho isa well-known ceramic factory in Japan for its technology of the finest details.
*This is an discontinued item and is in limited quantities (販売終了)