BLINKING LIGHTS – A glimpse into antique Japanese inlay technique: Nunome Zougan

This workshop will cover the basics of Nunome-Zogan, or waive-inlay in English.
The technique allows the inlay of silver and gold patterns onto iron and copper based alloys such as Shakudo and Shibuichi. During the darkening process the color of the base metals will turn into different shades of black, gray 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


Dear Sir or Madam,

I would like to invite you to an exhibition that pays tribute to the jewellery artist and teacher Manfred Bischoff.
We are 43 of his former students from 22 countries who will each show a piece at the exhibition, dedicated to Manfred’s golden “Fingerpuppets” by creating their own little version of Manfred, the real golden boy.

The exhibition will be on display during the Munich Jewellery Week.
It opens on the 24th of February at 6 PM at 3 Stations, Welserstrasse 15 in 81373 Munich.

You are kindly invited to honor Manfred Bischoff, together with us, at the Vernissage where drinks and snacks will be provided.
The exhibition will be on from the 25th to 28th of February.

For more information, please contact me at: / +49 (0) 1704003795
Or take a look at

With kind regards,
Isabel Dammermann


E u r o p e a n P r i z e fo r A p p l i e d A r t s
7 8 m a k e r s f rom 1 8 cou n t r i e s
Friday 2 3 Octob e r 2 0 1 5 − opening ceremony and Pri z e awarding
Mast e r Pr i z e and Young Tal ent Pr i z e
Exhibition from 24 October 2015 until 10 January 2O16 at the Grand Hall of the “Anciens Abattoirs” of Mons
Omni a Va n i ta s
Wor k s f rom Eu rop e a n m a k e r s a rou n d t h e t h eme o f t h e va ni ta s
Friday 2 3 Octob e r 2 0 1 5 − o pening
Exhibition from 24 October 2015 until 10 January 2016 at the Gallery of WCC-BF, the “Anciens Abattoirs” of Mons

Alchimia  An Anthology


International jewelry course

INTERNATIONAL JEWELRYCOURSE© 2014 by Assamblage Contemporary Jewelry School
26 Carol Davila Street, Bucharest, Romania
Telefon: +40721.489.792
E-mail:“Nunome Zogan” – international course in collaboration with Alchimia
Assamblage School of Contemporary Jewelry launches the second edition of the international course held in collaboration with the prestigious school of contemporary jewelry Alchimia, Italy. In the period 18-20th of May 2015, guest teacher Elisa Deval will teach the “Nunome Zogan” workshop, a contemporary approach to traditional Japanese coloring and metal inlays techniques. Through its intercultural approach, this initiative will bring together teachers, students and working techniques from different artistic areas, thus helping the Romanian design jewelry domain to open towards an international context.
“Nunome Zogan” is an ancient metalworking method that originated in Asia. The technique has also been used in Europe as “Damascene” in Korea as “Pomok Sannggam”. In Japan, this technique was used to decorate samurai swords and accessories, as well as precious deposit boxes and hair ornaments.
The workshop presents the process used to inlay intricate gold and silver patterns on a base metal sheet. The color contrast between the different metals and the beauty of pure silver or gold is emphasized by coloring the piece with the japanese patina called Rokusho.
Course program:
– Creation of the base texture on metal using Mekiri-Tagane
– Execution of a silver (or gold) inlay on the metal sheet based on ones individual design.
– Polishing of the metal sheet with stone and charcoal.
– Introduction to the use of the Rokusho coloring technique.