Born in Tokyo in 1982, Jun Anzai graduated from Applied Biology Department at Tokyo University of Agriculture in 2004.  He then relocated to Kyoto pursuing his interest in handcrafts at Kyoto Traditional Crafts College in 2008.  He decided to study the art of lacquer in Wajima and began an apprenticeship with the lacquer master Akito Akagi in 2010.  In 2017, he began to develop his own career to create his lacquer art independently.


Anzai’s works are always minimal which highlight the beauty of shape and form.  They remain modest and yet elegant.  His works are usually light in weight as he applies Kanshitsu technique in his creation.  Audience’s eyes are sometimes fooled by the appearance of his works to recognize them as vessels made of bronze, ceramic or clay.  In reality, his works are made of what has been in reality obtained with layers of lacquer finely applied on hemp cloth.

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