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Kutani is the name of a village in Japan where the traditional skills of potting and painting originated some 300 years ago. Today these skills are still applied to produce these unique lampbases in colours and designs which make them such elegant furnishing accessories. Sadly the production of Kutani lamps is on the decline as the craftsmen and women retire, and there are few young people taking up the skills required.Rochamp has played a major part in supporting this craft over the last 20 years. Most of the Kutani is still hand made involving 14 processes from quarrying the stones at Hanaska to forming on the potters wheel, and the final firing with gold. Much of the painting is traditionally worked in home studios which helps with the concentration needed for fine decorating.Once the lamp bases arrive in England they are hand assembled with top quality fittings including hand finished wood plinths and solid brass mountings.