Japanese handicrafts long predate modernity, and are distinctive for their striking aesthetic. Often passed down to one’s children, many skilled artisans today can trace their legacy back many generations. As a result, over time, certain prefectures in Japan have become associated with the families of master craftspeople. From singular chowan and high-minded wabi-sabi to sheer lacquerware, the form and function of Japanese crafts are as beautiful and varied as they are interesting.
Unlike Uchida-san’s soft-spoken demeanor, her art is known for leaving lasting impressions. Her aesthetic, known as “landscape,” has a pale color gradation befitting the visual spectrum of a distant planet more than anything earthbound. There is an element of mystique to it, like a dream, of something not belonging to
“When I was a kid, I remember going into the forest with my dad and cutting down a tree. He mourned it with flowers. He told me that we received the tree’s life, so our work should respect the life of the tree. “
When considering the right tool for the kitchen, the best ones merge durability, functionality, and potential—that is, how far one can take cooking within the limits of the tool itself. Leave it to the Japanese to channel generations of perfection-seeking into something genuinely noteworthy: Vermicular’s Musui–Kamado.