Urushi, the sap of the urushi tree, has been used in Japan for more than 9,200 years. It is a beautiful and versatile material that can be used not only for decoration but also to form a body, as a coating and as an adhesive. It is notably the material used to create beautiful art we call Japanese lacquerware. Join Suzanne Ross on a journey through Japan’s history and learn about the roots of urushi in Japanese culture, how this exotic material is extracted, and about the grave dangers that face urushi and all the traditional arts.
Friday, December 7, 2018
- Cost: $10 ($7 for members)
- Location: Morikami Theater
- All tickets are will-call and will be held at the theater door under your name for pick up starting at 6:00pm the day of the event.
- Discussion led by Suzanne Ross
- Time: 7:00pm, museum doors reopen at 6:00pm
ABOUT THE SPEAKER
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
Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities and JM Family Enterprises