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“The Art of Japanese Traditional Urushi”

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.

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.

Time: 9:00AM - 12:00PM
Place: ICJC First Floor
Fee: ¥6,00 per person all-inclusive
To register: Email: or Phone: 045.263.8009
Limit: 20 people