Syouryu - Suzugami Kazahana
By utilising ancient metalworking practices used to create the infamous 'Singing Bowls' of Buddhist temples, skilled artisans compress and repeatedly hammer a rolled tin sheet, creating a thin sheet of plate that does not degrade from being bent.
Called ‘Suzugami’ or ‘tin paper’, the plate is a new tin product that, as its name suggests, is thin and malleable like origami paper. The tin can be bent and shaped easily by hand to create useful and decorative structures that, once they are no longer needed, can be rolled flat and shaped anew.
The repeated hammering of the tin creates a unique pattern on the metal surface, similar to the dimpled sides of Singing Bowls, and a skilled craftsman can alter the patterns by changing the size and shape of their hammers. These plates have been marked with the 'Kazahana' pattern; a pattern that expresses the image of freshly fallen snow.
‘Syouryu’ is the proprietary brand of Shimatani Syouryu Koubou, a workshop that has been a specialist manufacturer of orin bowl gongs for Buddhist temples since its establishment in 1909.
There are three orin artisans at this workshop (there are only ten in all of Japan), who create orin gongs by hammering down metal to create a round shaped gong with a nicely tuned sound. Their aim is to continue to make new products using this metal hammering technique.