For over 200 years, spanning seven generations, Chikueidō was founded in Kyoto in the later half of the Edo period as a metallic ornament maker. Using silver as the main material while incorporating other metals, the studio has continued to meticulously handcraft unique works including tea utensils, incense utensils, Buddhist fittings, and fashion accessories. Kazariya Ryō was created at the front of the studio as Chikueidō’s antenna shop. Ryō, meaning high quality silver, is a letter derived from the word “Nanryō” (refers to a type of silver currency in the Edo period). Centering on young artisans, the shop introduces a diverse product range all made by craftsmen with solid skills who are passionate about their crafts. A point of attraction of the shop is that there is a staff that knows everything about silver, from product selection to customization, pairing, and maintenance work consultations. In addition, the shop also offers studio tours and metal crafting experience classes, so please contact the store if you are interested.
All products are handmade. The more care is given to the silver products, the more enjoyable they will become for its users. The products at Kazariya Ryō are also sold online.
Click here for Kazariya Ryō’s online shop: http://www.ryo-kazariya.com
Visiting the workspace to see where the artworks are created and experiencing crafting a metal artwork could become a fun memory. (Reservation required). The metal crafting experience class takes about two hours and the finished product can be taken home as it is. Starting from 2,750 yen for making an engraved copper plate (material cost/tax included), the cost varies depending on the product the customer chooses to make.
More on the metal crafting experience class: http://www.chikueidou.com/experience.html
Customers can also try making silver toothpicks and lids. (Inquiry and reservation up to two weeks in advance is required.)
In addition to small pieces and accessories, confectionery cutter used in tea ceremony is also popular. Kazariya Ryō would also sell works from Chikueidō upon request.
Nanryō sakura incense container (Chikueidō, made by Eishin) 264,000 yen (tax included)
Nanryō engraved arabesque rest lid (for a teakettle) (Chikueidō, made by Eishin) 132,000 yen (tax included)
Sterling silver confectionery cutter engraved with plover. 9,350 yen (tax included)
Sterling silver confectionery cutter in the shape of a tea ceremony toothpick 7,150 yen (tax included)
One can feel the techniques of the long-established store through the netsuke (toggles with carved miniature sculptures used to attach a small container to a robe) pieces. From left: Dragonfly 17,600 yen (tax included), Mouse 12,100 yen (tax included), Plover 3,850 yen (tax included), and cherry blossom 3,850 yen (tax included).
Flower ring series. From upper left: Sprouting 9,900 yen (tax included), Opening bud 7,700 yen (tax included), Blossoming 9,900 yen (tax included), and Mizuhiki grass 9,900 yen (tax included).
Cloud ring series. From upper left: Thunderhead 14,300 yen (tax included), Contrail 15,400 yen (tax included), Sunbeams 22,000 yen (tax included), and Mackerel sky 17,600 yen (tax included).
Classic and lovely sterling silver hair clips. From upper left: sterling silver hair clip of wild strawberry citrine 16,500 yen (tax included), and sterling silver hair clasp in kakutsunagi pattern 15,400 yen (tax included).
The thin and simple bangles with bamboo motif come in three sizes. From the front: large 55,000 yen (tax included), medium 33,000 yen (tax included), and small 19,800 yen (tax included).
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