Saturday, February 9, 2019
Time: 3:00pm – 5:00pm
Location: Oki Education Center
Material Fee: $20 (cash payable to the instructor)
*Required Materials to Bring With You: small garden shears, a pair of non-heavy duty pliers for wire work, and a spray bottle of water. (Registration required)
Learn the art of bamboo basket making from a master bamboo craftsman, Akihiro Mashimo, from Kyoto, Japan in this hands-on workshop. Learn the history and beauty of bamboo craftsmanship, and how to apply traditional techniques combined with contemporary design to create your own sculptural bamboo basket form to take home.
Akihiro Mashimo was born in 1977 in Yokohama. He moved to Nagaokakyō City in Kyoto at the age of five, where he grew up around bamboo. He learned bamboo craftwork at the Traditional Arts School of Kyoto and then entered Nagaokameichiku Co., Ltd. in 1998 after his graduation. Afterwards, he studied under his teacher Ichiro Mishima (a recipient of the Kyoto Prefecture Traditional Industry Excellent Craftsman Award) and made bamboo fences. His major works are found at the Katsura Imperial Villa, Kyoto State Guest House, and Heian Jingu Shrine. He was recognized as a certified Kyoto Traditional Products Craftsman by the governor of Kyoto Prefecture in March 2015.