Jewels of the Nile

Cloisonné is a French word, but it’s used to describe an art-making technique that now exists virtually world-wide. The ancient method of decorating metalwork objects using gemstones, glass, or vitreous enamel originated in the Near East as a jewelry-making practice, but it spread to include wider geographies and more complicated end results.

Art collector Waynor Rogers will give a brief history of Japanese cloisonné and share a bit about the process of creating this work during a lunchtime lecture at the Phoenix Art Museum. Using objects from the museum’s collection, Rogers will take visitors through a comparison of Japanese and Chinese cloisonné in the 19th and 20th centuries. Though it’s origins are ancient, the cloisonné technique is still alive and well today.

Rogers’ lecture on Japanese cloisonné begins at noon Wednesday, September 3, at 1625 North Central Avenue. The talk is free with $15 museum admission. For more information, visit or call 602-257-1880.

Wed., Sept. 3, noon, 2014
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