True oriental lacquer is made from the sap of the lac tree (Rhus Verniciflua), thickened by standing in hot sunlight to allow evaporation, then stained and finally coloured with organic pigments. Between thirty to forty coats are essential to produce a good quality lacquer surface.

The studio practices the technique known as ‘japanning’, a method developed by European craftsmen in the early 18th century. Japanning is based on the use of pigments and varnishes designed to imitate oriental lacquer.

Commissioned work incorporates ancient methods and techniques such as eggshell inlay and carved relief work along with modern techniques borrowed from other disciplines, such as fine art printmaking.

A moon gold and 23 carat gold leaf decorative lacquer panel