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SUZANNE ROSS “The Art of Japanese Traditional Urushi”

2015-2016 Friday Night Lecture Series: Lecture #2

About This Lecture/Workshop
Urushi, the sap of the urushi tree, has been used in Japanese
culture for more than 9,200 years. It is a beautiful and versatile
material that can be used not only for decorating but to form a
body, as a coating and as an adhesive. Join Suzanne Ross on a
journey and learn about the roots of Japanese culture, how this
exotic material is extracted and about the grave dangers that
face urushi and all the traditional arts. In addition, Ms. Ross
will provide a special maki-e workshop for guests to work
individually on their own lacquer decoration.

Time: 8:30AM - 4:00PM
Place: Hakone - Yamaboushi
Kanagawa-ken, Ashigarashimo-gun,
Hakone-machi, Hakone 141
Fee: ¥12,500 per person all-inclusive
To register: Email: or Phone: 045.263.8009
Limit: 20 people


FRIDAY, APRIL 22, 2016
8:30AM  Bus Departure from YIS
10:00AM  Lecture "What is urushi?"
12:00PM  French style obento Lunch
12:45PM  Maki-e (蒔絵) Workshop
Guests will work on lacquer decoration.
2:45PM  Bus Departure
4:00PM  Arrival at YIS

About Our Speaker
A native of England, Suzanne Ross first encountered urushi
(lacquerware) as a student of art and design at a London
exhibition and resolved to come to Japan. On her arrival, she
studied various 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, she 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
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.