Toyama - Hayate Ozaki 'Island' Chopstick Rest

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This item will be dispatched after the 2nd of November.

Brass chopstick rest designed to look like islands floating on the dining table. 

Takaoka City, Toyama Prefecture, has a history of over 400 years of metal casting, and is one of the few places in Japan where craftsmen still today continue to create metal casting works. In recent years, an increasing number of artists have moved to Takaoka because they are fascinated by casting. Hayate Ozaki is one of them.

Copper alloys, which brass is one of, can express a wide variety of expressions and textures by polishing and colouring (the chemical reaction of copper brings out the colours). Ozaki is especially good at polishing, and even with this small chopstick rest, he shows us the various finishing techniques of metal casting.

Ozaki explains that he often polishes so that the traces of grainy sand from casting are not visible, but for this chopstick rest collection he intentionally left the texture, noting it gives it a unique softness.

Choose from two colours – plain brass or ‘black dyed’, a chic, black finish achieved by baking with a solution of iron rust called ohaguro and treating with lacquer. Please note the chopstick rests are sold individually.

Material: Brass
Size: H 20mm x W 60mm x D 60mm
Weight: 40g

Cast metal surface in black or gold

Brand Story

Born in Osaka in 1982, Hayate graduated from Kanazawa College of Art, Department of Crafts, Casting course in 2005. He then moved to Toyama and worked with various casting manufacturers in Takaoka, before starting his own independent studio, Uwaya, in 2014. He is both a designer and craftsman, creating the likes of flower vases that take advantage of the antibacterial properties of copper alloys and works that focus on the longevity of the material. His work has been selected for various competitions, including the Takaoka Craft Competition, and been on show in exhibitions at venues including hpgrp gallery in Tokyo, and the Kurobe City Art Museum in Toyama.