Friday, February 5, 2016 – Monday, April 4, 2016
This exhibition displays the entire collection of Mr. Shigeru Morisaku, who is known as makie & chinkin fountain pen collector. He has collected 30 pens not to admire them but to use them. As a matter of fact, he is regularly using them for work. Ms. Makiko Inoya, Kanazawa based glass artist, has crafted special pen holders for his collection. We hope that you will experience not only the beauty of these hand-crafted pens but also learn a lot about makie & chinkin fountain pen making.
< Message from the artist >
I began collecting fountain pens when I saw a TV program featuring fountain pens with makie decorations. Because I am fascinated with stationery, I thought that it might be nice to have one. I checked the makers, and found out that most of those makie and chinkin artists lived in Ishikawa prefecture where I was born and reside. Since then I have joined a circle of serious fountain pen collectors.
There are many different types of writing instruments, among which fountain pens seem to occupy the special position. Great writers are known to own their favorite fountain pens and they used them for long. You can find exquisitely decorated fountain pens in Europe, but no pens are made in the way the makie and chinkin fountain pens are crafted in Japan. They are painstakingly decorated with fine gold powders and other pigments on urushi lacquered barrels, in a process often requiring several months’ work by master artisans of Ishikawa prefecture. I honestly believe that makie and chinkin pens are best in the world.
While many collectors amass desirable pens to admire, I use mine regularly. Many comment, “they are too nice to use,” but to me pens are made to be used, not to be displayed. Urushi coated pens are very durable and not easily scratched, so I would rather enjoy using them.
Please use a makie and chinkin fountain pen for once, and you will see that it offers you a small but immense universe in your hand, which gives you time to appreciate small animals and beautiful flowers depicted on the barrels and relaxes you. Then, writing with a pen becomes one of the most enjoyable moments.
Before closing, one more thing to add. You may sometimes feel uneasy with your new pen when writing. If that happens, I advise you to have a nib-meister tune your pen. A well-adjusted nib will maximize the joy of writing just as mine does.
I hope that my collection will help the viewers understand a passion for craftsmanship and functionality of fountain pens. (MORISAKU Shigeru, Fountain Pen Collector)