Seals & Paste

 
 
photo: John Troxell

photo: John Troxell

History of my name seal

I received this name seal ‘Inkan’ when I was six years old by my auntie who predicted that I would either be a writer or an artist. When she had the seal created, she had my name engraved as well as the character for ‘writer’. Technically, it isn’t correct for me to use this with artwork, but my personal attachment to this childhood gift only grows fonder as I grow older.


Larger oval seal

Another seal that my auntie presented to me when I was a little boy is this larger, oval shaped piece that reads, “萬物生輝” or “Everything is bright” or “All things are beautiful” depending on the context.

photo: John Troxell

photo: John Troxell


photo: John Troxell

photo: John Troxell

The red seal paste

Traditionally, the paste ‘Insatsu’ was made from a mineral called cinnabar and we restrict ourselves in using just this. Though we do use several different colors of this paste; red, antique brown and gold.