Unicorn Cast Iron Ornament by Kamasada Ironworks
Nobuho Miya is a master forger of traditional 'nambu tetsu' or Southern cast ironware, and he works from his Kamasada Ironworks studio, founded by his family in Iwate prefecture, Japan. Nobuho Miya has been living in Finland and works internationally. We can see some similarity with Scandinavian Design on his works in the aspect of its light and sophisticated design whereas taking after the traditional Japanese techniques from Meiji Period (1868-1912).
His works have been exhibited worldwide, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
The horse ornament is conceptualised as sopmewhat mythical that is intended to be both humorous and charming. Since its size fits the display on the window side or on top the desk, it is also perfect for a gift. Perfect as a bookend or as a paperweight, this iron horse is also ideal as an eye-catching ornament.
Each item is handcrafted using original Nambu tetsu techniques and it reflects skills and practices accrued over time and across generations. To become a competent iron caster takes at least 15 years and 40 years to attain mastery of the craft.
The work of Nobuho Miya is distinctive as it reflects both his mastery of the 'nambu tetsu' technique as well as a sophisticated designer with a keen eye for clean, simple and contemporary cast ironwares.
As each item in handcrafted , production is time consuming and limited.
Size: W 8.5 x H 5.5cm