Workshop: Unearthing Lotus Flower – Sanding and Polishing a Vietnamese Sơn Mài Painting by artist Saeko Ando

As the name Sơn Mài (meaning “lacquer” and “sanding,” respectively) indicates, sanding is an integral and the most exciting process of this art form. Artists use a sanding process not only to acquire smooth surfaces but also to create dramatic effects on their works. Practitioners first apply complex layers of lacquer with different colours and textures, using a variety of materials; then, the surface is sanded to bring the underlining layers back to the surface. This workshop includes an introduction to the history, science, and technique of Sơn Mài. A short video will help simulate the lengthy processes of lacquer application. Finally, participants will enjoy unearthing and polishing a beautiful lotus painting.

Developed for participants aged 13 and above. Participation fee includes material costs.

Venue: NTU CCA Singapore, The Seminar Room, Block 43 Malan Road, Singapore 109443

This workshop is by paid registration only. No walk-ins allowed.


Saeko Ando (Japan/Vietnam) studied Japanese art and philosophy at Waseda University in Tokyo. In 1995, she moved to Vietnam to learn lacquer art under the tutelage of Trinh Tuan, Doan Chi Trung, Nguyen Huy Hoan, and Lam Huu Chinh. Her practice integrates the traditional with the contemporary through an innovative use of Vietnamese lacquer techniques. Ando’s eccentric style earned the respect of Vietnam’s art society, and she was the first foreign member to be invited to the Hanoi Art Association in 2000. She has exhibited extensively in Vietnam and internationally, and regularly presents her research on lacquer arts from Vietnam, Taiwan, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, and Japan in conventions and symposiums.

Image: Saeko Ando, Devil Fruit. Courtesy the artist.
  • The event description was updated. Diff#350685 2018-07-04 06:20:04
Sun Jul 22, 2018
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM SGT
Add to Calendar
Standard SOLD OUT $35.00
Venue Address
Block 43 Malan Road, Gillman Barracks Singapore
NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore