Guest Artist Workshop: Japanese Lacquerware (Urushi) Workshop

DATE: Saturday, December 8, 2018   
TIME: 10:00am-1:00pm or 2:00pm-5:00pm (2 sessions offered)
LOCATION: Oki Education Center
Material Fee: $20 (cash payable to the instructor)
(Advance registration required)

Materials to bring with you:  a pencil and an apron

  • Suggested to wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty.
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Join Suzanne Ross on a journey through Japan’s history and learn about the roots of urushi (Japanese lacquerware) in Japanese culture, how this exotic material is extracted, and its use in traditional arts. Students will learn how to make decorative lacquerware panels using traditional Japanese maki-e techniques. Maki-e is a technique of sprinkling gold or silver powder or painting it on to the lacquerware. Workshop tools and materials will be provided for the participants to use.

A native of England, Suzanne Ross first encountered urushi as a student of art and design at a London exhibition. There in Japan she studied various traditional Japanese art forms such as calligraphy, flower arranging, and ink painting. She was awarded a scholarship from the Anglo Daiwa Foundation to study urushi at the Ishikawa Kenritsu Wajima Shitsugei Kenshujo. She continued on to specialist courses in maki-e (decorative techniques in urushi) and kyūshitsu (lacquering and carpentry) with various Japanese Living National Treasures. She was awarded a further scholarship from the Japanese Ministry of Culture to conduct additional research under the tutelage of the Living National Treasure Komori Kunie. Her extensive activities over the last twenty years include one-woman exhibitions, gallery and museum shows, NHK broadcasts, overseas tours and workshops, and guest lectures at various universities, museums, and corporations.

Urushi panels