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10th - 20th April, Fuki Urushi Workshop (2 classes available)

FUKI URUSHI, world of coloured lacquer
on Wood and Ceramics
April 10 - 20. 2018

Available Classes:

Day class:
April 10th, 13th, 16th, 18th, 20th from 14:30 to 17:30

Evening class:
April 10th, 13th, 16th, 18th, 20th from 18:30 to 21:30

Duration: 5 Days, 15 hours in total

Max. 12 pax/class

Instructor: Kristina Mar -

Fees: Mop 1.700
including 1 Tool kit (Mop 300) + 1 COLOUR PIGMENT + 1 wooden bracelet + acrylic plate

Language: English, Portuguese, Japanese


Registration & Class Venue:
CREATIVE MACAU - Center For Creative Industries
G/F Macao Cultural Centre Building, Xian Xing Hai Avenue
Mon - Sat, 2pm-7pm
tel: 2875 3283

Registration and Payment Deadline:
9 March, 2018


for registration purposes, you may complete the form below:


*Please note that registration is only COMPLETE when the full amount is paid in person at Creative Macau in CASH.


No prior knowledge needed
Painting on glass is possible with previous urushi techniques knowledge

A certificate will be issued to whom have attended no less than 80% of the classes.


Basic Tool Kit includes:
. 1 tube of high quality Japanese natural lacquer (akaro)
. 1 wooden bracelet
. 1 brush
. 1 plastic spatula
. 2 sand papers
. 1 color pigment

ATTENDANTS should bring the following items (majority can be purchased at any stationary shop):
. no larger than 20x20x20cm piece of bare wood OR unglazed ceramic piece for colour urushi;
. medical gloves and masks;
. turpentine (to dissolve the lacquer)
. cotton swabs/buds and cotton balls
. toothpicks
. a hand towel per 1 object (it will be wet and placed in the box to give moisture to the lacquer of the amended object)
. 1 box per object (with same size of the object)
. masking tape (to hold the broken pieces after glued)
. disposable wooden chopsticks or plastic straws


The Fuki urushi lacquering technique works to highlight the natural beauty of woodgrain or raw ceramic surfaces. In fact, urushi is one of the most durable natural lacquers known to man and has long been used in Japan. Urushi lacquered ornaments and objects have been discovered in Japan dating from the Jomon period, which was roughly 9,000 years ago. The fact that this technique is still in use today is a true testament to its beauty and strength.

Wood has grain. If black or vermillion lacquer, which are made with pigments, is coated over and over again, the wood grain will become invisible. On the other hand, in the case where lacquer is in its original condition without pigments, because it is translucent, the wood grain can be seen through the layers of coatings. Thus, a fuki-urushi lacquerware is finished optimising the natural beauty of the materials.

Participants can bring a wooden or ceramic vessel to cover or paint with Japanese lacquer, finishing  it by spreading and sanding over again revealing the materials natural patterns and under laid painting.

Attention will be done to details as this course will focus on more delicate finishings.

Fuki Urushi technique can be applied to any wood or unglazed ceramic object therefore that may be transformed into a new design pattern as a piece of art.

- Slide show
- Discussion about Japanese lacquer Urushi : applications on wood and ceramics of fuki urushi, possibilities and restrictions. Focus on attention to details and issues of resistance and durability of the natural urushi laquer.
- Personal projects discussion and prepare personal objects for mending.

Start with personal objects.
1.Study the pieces to evaluate, This phase is very important as this decisions will became esthetically very much also a part of the piece.

2.When you want to give colour to lacquer, you mix pigments (colored minerals)  
The lacquer prior to adding pigments is semi-translucent brown in color, that highlights the pigments colors. After being spread and removed over and over again thin layers of urushi ,coloured or natural,  start piling up and that is how fuki-urushi is created.

3. Prepare the pieces to harden in a paper box with a hot and humid environment. Please bring a paper or carton box , that covers your piece completely , (big enough for not touching it) and a hand towel to wet and keep the inside of the box moisturised. That box, will be your little ‘‘sauna’‘or ‘‘muro’’ to keep and protect your work until the end of the course.

Polish with sand paper, and abrasive stones. This phase will be very important as will decide how detailed or perfect you can get for the final appearance of your work. Add desired paintings with collared urushi.

Second painting finish and polish with sand paper, abrasive stones and fine charcoal abrasives. This phase will be very important as will decide how detailed or perfect you can get for the final appearance of your work.

Final polishing .Uncovering the previous ‘‘paint’’ or mended areas with lacquer. Finally polish until desired results
As works are still to dry and harden please use the ‘‘muro’’ box to carefully transport your piece after the end of the course.


Kristina Mar is a renowned ceramic artist in Asia and Europe. She was born in Coimbra, Portugal and live in Kyoto, Japan since 1993.

She has a Degree in industrial ceramic mould design, worked in the refractory ceramic industry and attended the Oporto Fine Arts School - Department of Sculpture.

In 1990 she traveled to Asia and moved to Macau where worked as a graphic designer at the CEM until 1993. In 1993 Kristina moved to Japan and met local ceramic artists and their studios. As an artist in residence at the Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park in Japan, she joined the group exhibition  “1ST BIENNAL MACAU, AMAGAZAKI “ and many others.

From 1995 to1996 she was a part-time assistant teacher at ''Kyoto University of Art & Design'' at the Ceramic Department. From 1996 onwards, Kristina Mar has worked as an independent artist holding several solo exhibitions and participating in group exhibitions in Japan, Macau, Belgium, Switzerland, Italy, France and Portugal.She received several awards for her work from international art ceramic competitions.

Kristina Mar is currently an instructor of ceramic workshops teaching basic techniques of production as well as fine artistic creations. She is regularly invited by fine dining Japanese restaurants to design and produce their dinnerware.