Netsuke is essentially the art of
miniature carving. Originating in China it became absorbed into the Japanese
lifestyle and culture. The Japanese with their love of beauty took a utilitarian
object, the toggle, and refined it. Netsuke ( nets-key ) are counterweights used
in traditional male costume. They balance the boxes and pouches suspended from a
sash, worn with a kimono...... which has no pockets.
Originally netsuke were a simple adaptation of herbal roots and considered
curative amulets. Later, carvers refined them until they became beautiful
Netsuke are carved from a variety of materials including wood and elephant
ivory. This has now been replaced by other products such as mammoth ivory but
Boxwood continues to be popular with contemporary carvers.
Most of my carvings are based on the natural world and I try to impart life and
movement into each tiny piece. They take many hours to complete, entirely by
hand, and each is individual and unique. I won the Bidder and Bourne award