Category Archives: The Four Treasures

Ogatsu Suzuri

Some time ago, I wrote about Ogatsu stone, which is found in Japan.  It is a a dark grey stone, nearly black in color, easily carved and used for many purposes.  Ogatsu stone is famous for suzuri as it is … Continue reading

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Dragon Stone

We are still moving things around since my brother moved out last year.  Needless to say, we are slow!  In that process of making room for him, a lot of stuff was shifted, stored, and forgotten.  Now that the studio … Continue reading

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Calligrapher’s Suzuri

This is a beautiful little suzuri, ideal for calligraphers.  It measures 4.75 x 2.75 inches (12 x 7 cm), originates from Japan, and is made of natural stone.  The size makes it perfect for taking with you.  Western calligraphers who … Continue reading

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Patina, Provenance, Keshiki, and the Velveteen Rabbit

Patina: a surface appearance of something grown beautiful, especially with age or use. Provenance: origin, source.  the history of ownership of a valued object or work of art or literature. Keshiki: . . . (Japanese) after you use [something] and make some stain, it … Continue reading

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The Four Treasures: Inkstone / Suzuri, vii

Every region has its artistic styles, as well as every time period. The same may be said for production of the suzuri, with a classical shape and style modified according to era and taste.  The most common suzuri is a … Continue reading

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The Four Treasures: Inkstone / Suzuri, vi

Four Famous Stones According to Wikipedia, and other internet sources, there are four main ink stones historically prized throughout China: For serious calligraphers and painters, a good inkstone is as important as the quality of the ink. An inkstone will … Continue reading

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The Four Treasures: Ink, ii

This really is my home-made video debut.  For my birthday, I got a Kodak Zi8.  I’ve never shot a video in my life.  It’s been in the back of my mind for some time to try to create videos on … Continue reading

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