What is maki-e?
Maki-e is a traditional Japanese lacquer decoration technique. It involves drawing pictures, patterns, and letters on the surface of lacquerware using lacquer, and then sprinkling and fixing metal powder, such as gold or silver, onto the surface.
Maki-e can be traced back to the 8th century, although the use of urushi (Japanese lacquer) dates back even further, to around 9000 years ago. Urushi is a natural sap obtained from the urushi tree, and it has been favored in Japan for centuries due to its decorative and protective qualities for woodenwares.
In our workshop, we offer the opportunity to create maki-e designs using traditional Japanese patterns (wagara) or your own original designs. Your canvas can be a beautiful black lacquerware, a glass cup, or a glass picture frame.