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Event Details

Art Workshop: The Art of Japanese Urushi Lacquer

Saturday, 1 December 2018 , 13:00 to 16:00
Oriental Museum

Join us for this creative workshop led by artist / maker Suzanne Ross.

The sap of the urushi tree has been used by Japanese craftspeople for over 9000 years. This beautiful and versatile material forms the basis of Japanese lacquerware.

Following a talk on the historical and cultural importance of urushi you will design and create your own lacquer panel using the traditional maki-e technique. Maki-e has a history of several thousand years and is one of the representative decorative techniques in Japanese urushi art.

£40 per person, inclusive of materials. Please bring an apron or old shirt, as the making process can be messy.

Places are limited, so booking is essential. Payment of £40 is required upon booking. Please telephone us on 0191 3345691 to book a place and make payment. For enquiries please email

About the artist
A native of England, though now based in Japan, Suzanne Ross first encountered urushi lacquerware as a student of art and design in London and resolved to visit Japan. Whilst there, Suzanne studied several traditional Japanese art forms such as calligraphy, flower arranging and ink painting.
After being awarded a scholarship from the Anglo Daiwa Foundation to study urushi, Suzanne first entered Ishikawa Kenritsu Wajima Shitsugei Kenshujo on the foundation 'Senshuka' course. She then went on to specialist courses in maki-e (decorative techniques in urushi) and kyushitsu (lacquering and carpentry) with various Living National Treasures.
She was awarded a further scholarship from the Japanese Ministry of Culture to do research under the tutelage of Komori Kunie. Her extensive activities over the last thirty years include gallery and museum exhibitions, NHK broadcasts, overseas tours and workshops, and guest lectures at various universities.