Sat, Nov 13 | Xerocraft Makerspace

Momoko Okada: Essence of Japan: Ancient Art of Japanese Zogan - 2 Day Workshop

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Momoko Okada: Essence of Japan: Ancient Art of Japanese Zogan - 2 Day Workshop

Time & Location

Nov 13, 9:00 AM – Nov 14, 5:00 PM
Xerocraft Makerspace, 101 W 6th St #111, Tucson AZ

About the event

Explore the ancient art of Japanese Zogan. The word Zogan means inlay in Japanese. In this two-day workshop, you will learn the process of the traditional Japanese metal inlay technique, Ten-zogan (dot inlay), Sen-zogan (line inlay), and Hira-zogan (shape inlay). After practicing on copper, you will gain skills using Japanese copper alloys, such as SHIBUICHI (Copper and silver alloys) and create your own inlaid pendant top! For those beyond the basics learn to create your own set of specialized inlay chisels. Traditional Japanese patination process (Ni-iro) will be covered.

This workshop is limited to 8 students.

BIO: Momoko was born and raised on a dairy farm in Hokkaido, Japan. Her life on the farm with animals and surrounded by the untouched nature is all philosophically essential to her creation and ambition. She began studying metalsmithing and mixed media art in the U.S. and the U.K. Then she started to realize that the importance of her Japanese heritage and began studying traditional Japanese metals techniques at Kanazawa College of Art, Ishikawa, Japan under Professor Satoshi Hara and Mamoru Nakagawa, national living treasure.  She also studied under Master Kazuo Kashima, the 5th generation of Kashima-style Nunome inlay master. She has been showing her work around the world and won various awards. Her work can be seen in 500 Metal Vessels. Currently, Momoko teaches various traditional Japanese metals techniques in various places in the U.S. and is the owner of Momokoya. Momokoya carries imported traditional Japanese metalsmithing tools, materials and colored silver leaf. Please visit and for more information.

Skill Level: Requires previous metalsmithing skills.  Workshop Fees: $200. AZDCA Member / $235. Non-Member

Kit Fee: $210. After student discount  Kit includes:

Otafuku Hammer (imported from Japan)       

Handmade Inlay Chisel Set – 22 ga. Line Chisel/Push Chisel/Ari Chisel for straight lines   

Shibuichi sheet – Nami-Shibuichi (1.5mm) & Kuro-Shibuichi (1.2mm) imported from Japan          

Fine Silver wire 22ga. (1 ft)         

Copper wire 22ga. (1 ft)               

Drill bit (#72/22ga.)                               

Handmade Japanese Black Pitch on wooden board    

Japanese Patination materials

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