24 January, 2012

The Labor of Lacquer Ware

This is a photo of my Burmese friend’s aunt(and her son) who makes lacquer ware from scratch for sale as a tourist item. She has to wet and spin bound the forms out of bamboo, gluing them, drying them. Next apply clay to smooth out the finish, drying then sanding it. And then add many coats of lacquer are applied letting each one of the dry. When that is all through, she engraves a scene, pretty amazing freehand. Maybe uses rulers for some, then she applies various paint colors to them. The price wholesale of the 6” piece she is working on the top of ...is only 5 cents. I was amazed at how much time is involved in each piece, so I guess when life seems a bit tough... remember this.

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