The gentle expression of this Onigawara was born from a mindset of compassion for others
The Onishi (“Demon Master”) Chiaki Ishikawa created this piece carefully with by hand in the hopes of providing security in the home of the holder. His care for the customer must have subconsciously made him make it in such as way that it did not frighten children. Its expression is strangely gentle.
Onigawara as interior pieces
It is made in a size perfect for interior decoration and fits into a walnut base, making it a great choice for interior spaces with diverse designs. It will watch over the growth and developments you family undergoes.
■Brand: Onigawara Iemori
■Produced in: Aichi Prefecture
■Materials: Tile, walnut
■Size: W14cmxD20cm x H2.6cm
■Box size: W23cmxD24.5cm x H8.5㎝
■Technique: Sanshu Onigawara
■Lead time: Approximately one week (plus an additional one to two weeks if inventory runs out)
*Please do not touch the Onigawara with your bare hands when removing it from the box.
*It can be hung on a wall or used as a stationary decoration.
In addition to hanging it on your wall with screws, you can affix it to gypsum board walls with no backing using the metallic pieces included.
What is Onigawara Iemori?
Onigawara have been placed on the roofs of shrines, temples, and other Japanese buildings to act as guardian deities to protect homes and families from evil spirits and demons since ancient times. Due to changes in the way we live our lives, Onigawara have been used less and less on the roofs of houses. “Onigawara Iemori" was created to provide novel Onigawara as interior decorations.
What is an Onishi?
Onigawara are different from ordinary tiles in that they are designed to ward off evil spirits and protect the family that lives within their home. Onigawara tiles are painstakingly made by craftsmen known as Onishi. Onigawara leave impressions similar to those of their creators; it is said that the personality of the Onishi resides within the face of their creations. Onishi utilize clay and a variety of spatulas to create infinite shapes, like demon gods who create demons. The techniques known by the Onishi make them the only profession in the world that can produce Onigawara, making it a highly sought after title.
Onishi: In search of new possibilities with Onigawara Chiaki Ishikawa
Joined Ishiei Co., Ltd. In 1996. Later, in 2007, he went to Kaneko Onigawara Y.K. for training, and returned to Ishiei Co., Ltd. He has worked on many Onigawara, including those at Shuzenji Temple and Kabuki-za.
Seeing the world from the perspective of others
I have strong feelings toward for hand making products. I believe in being particular about carefully crafting each piece myself, with my spatulas and fingers, to give them a glossy finish.
Every piece needs to be created with honesty. I believe in a restless pursuit of this. I feel my efforts are worthwhile whenever a client shows joy in my work, which has made me work with their perspectives in mind, thinking of their smiles as I work.
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