Once upon a time, there was a young man called Tsunekichi Kaji, whose family ran a traditional metal plating business in Nagoya a little town in Aichi Prefecture. One day he found an article about shippo (enamel) in an old book and he became transfixed by the craft. However, as few examples existed in Japan, all he could do at the time was just imagine what shippo looked like from the description in the book. Hearing a story about a craftsman called Donin Hirata, who had lived in 17th century Kyoto and learnt enameling from a foreign master and presented an enamel work to the then shogun general, Tsunekichi also started wanting to create enamel pieces himself.
10am - 1 pm, Saturday 11th May 2019
Stanwell Road, Baptist Church Hall, Penarth, Vale of Glamorgan, Wales, UK
10.30am - 4.30 pm, Saturday 17th November 2018
St Catherine's Church Hall, King's Road, Cardiff CF11 9DE, Pontcanna End, Wales, UK