Chinkin is a technique that requires extreme precision. Using specially designed mini-chisels, tiny grooves and lines are formed in the perfectly layered Urushi. There is no room for error. You will understand why when you see the Sailor Chinkin Owl for yourself. Only highly skilled artists can achieve such intricacy. To crown it all, the lovingly designed Urushi lacquered box features the same motif. Only 28 pcs are created for the world.
The well-known artist Ms. Etsuko Tsurata, once apprentice of the Famous National Treasure Mr Shogyo Oba, created the Sailor Chinkin Owl using the Chinkin technique. The result is a painstakingly crafted bird of wisdom of which each feather can be individually viewed! The ineffable shape of the Sailor Chinkin Owl is created using silver and gold powder. The delicate flowers are made using the same Chinkin technique and colored with Kansitsu powders.
Ms. Etsuko Tsuruta was born in Ishikawa prefecture in Japan.
In 1970, she served her time apprenticeship with Mr. Koji Itaya, a famous Chinkin artist, living in Ishikawa prefecture.
In 1973 she joined the 20th Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition and her crafts were accepted for this exhibition for the first time. After that, her crafts were accepted 34 times for this exhibition.
In 1977 she was certified a member of the Japan Art Craft Association in 1977.
In 1984 her craft was selected at the Exhibition of Japanese Traditional Lacquer Art Craft and her crafts were accepted 23 times for this exhibition.
In 1989 she served her time apprenticeship with Mr. Shogyo Oba who is a famous Living National Treasure, and she become an instructor of the Technical institute of Wajima Lacquer Art Craft.
In 1991 she joined Ishikawa Prefecture exhibition of the Japan Traditional Art Crafts and she was awarded the encouragement prize at this exhibition.
In 2000 she joined the Japan Traditional Art Crafts and she won the main prize of the Chief of the Cultural Affairs Agency.
Mrs Tsurata is a member of the following associations and institutes.
1) Japan Traditional Art Crafts
2) Ishikawa prefecture Technical institute of Wajima Lacquer Art Craft.