Workshop Experiences

VAN CLEEF WORKSHOP - JEWELS & JAPANESE LACQUER

VAN CLEEF WORKSHOP - JEWELS & JAPANESE LACQUER

from 200,00€ for 1 to 3 people

Immerse yourself into two magnificent arts and crafts traditions in Van Cleef School.

Duration

4 hours

Price

from 200,00€ for 1 to 3 people

Person(s)

more than 8 on demand

Summary

Three hundred kilometers northwest of Tokyo lives one of the greatest living lacquer masters. It was with his help – and that of the Mains d’OrTM from Van Cleef & Arpels’ High Jewelry ateliers – that this class was created. 

Applying color, powdered gold, and mother-of-pearl mosaic are three of the traditional techniques of Japanese Urushi lacquer work. You will be introduced to them and invited to try your hand at it, after designing your own setting. 

You will explore the jewelry techniques involved in working metal and positioning stones. Sitting at a workbench, surrounded by mysterious tools and exotic materials, you will shape the metal and encrust it with vegetable ivory to create motifs on the wings of a jeweled butterfly. 

In the lacquer workshop, using tools and materials from far away, you create your lacquered butterfly, praticing three of the lacquer master’s ancestral techniques: placing colors, Maki-e, mosaics in mother of pearl.