A glimpse into antique Japanese inlay technique Nunome-Zogan. Blinking Lights with Elisa Deval

Workshop  /  Technics   ProfessionalPractice  /  15 Nov 2019  -  17 Nov 2019
Published: 04.10.2019

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The technique Nunome-Zogan allows the inlay of silver and gold patterns onto iron and copper-based alloys such as Shakudo and Shibuichi.
During the darkening process the colour of the base metals will turn into different shades of black, grey and blue black. This effect emphasizes the silver and gold inlays. It’s possible to create anything from subtle glittering gold traces to big and intricate motifs on top of the dark metal background.
- Creation of the base texture on different types of metal using a particular chisel.
- Execution of the silver (or gold) inlay based on one’s individual design.
- Polishing of the samples.
- Darkening of the samples with the Rokusho coloring technique.
- Besides samples it’s possible to create some simple pieces of jewelry.
- Tools and non-precious materials as well as handouts on the course are supplied by the school

Hours: Friday from 5 pm to 8 pm; Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm.
Price: €400 +22%VAT.
Language: English.

About the teacher:
Elisa Deval graduated at the Alchimia contemporary jewellery school in Florence. Her teachers were artists Manfred Bischoff and Manuel Vilhena. Her jewelry has been shown in international galleries, currently her work is represented by Galerie Noël Guyomarc'h in Montreal, Canada and by Gallery Eleni Marneri in Athens, Greece. In 2009 she developed an interest in Japanese metal techniques, she studied in Japan and attended workshops in Italy with Japanese teachers.
Since 2012 she has been teaching week-end workshops on Nunome-Zogan technique.