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Mokume Gane: In Depth

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Mokume Gane Video with Hiroko Sato and Gene Pijanowski

Hiroko Sato and Gene Pijanowski are renowned for their important work with the Japanese art of Mokume Gane. Their influence on Western metalsmithing is unsurpassed. They are responsible for introducing Mokume Gane to the United States in the early 1970s having learned the technique from ninth generation metalsmith Norio Tamagawa.

In 1981, a short video was produced and directed by Mark Yasenchak in which the Pijanowskis demonstrated the Mokume Gane metalwork technique. Each step of the process is covered: multiple layers of different metals are alloyed, drilled or chiseled to expose various layers, shaped, then finished to bring out unique patterns on the surface of the final piece.

We would like to thank Gene Pijanowski for providing us with a copy of this video and both Gene and Mark Yasenchak for their permission in allowing us to share it with you.
[The film is approximately 18 minutes long and will appear in a pop-up window.]

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Mokume Gane Bibliography

For those wishing to delve deeper into Mokume Gane, we have started to compile a bibilography of online articles relevant to Mokume Gane.

Lamination of Non Ferrous Metals by Diffusion: Adaptations of the Traditional Japanese Technique of Mokume Gane
Hiroko Sato Pijanowski and Eugene M. Pijanowski
[Online Source: Ganoksin]

Wood Grained Metal: Mokume-Gane
Hiroko Sato Pijanowski and Gene Michael Pijanowski
[Online Source: Society of American Silversmiths]

Oral History Interview with Eugene Pijanowski, 2003 May 13-14
Interview with Eugene and Hiroko Sato Pijanowski conducted by Arline M. Fisch
[Online Source: Smithsonian Archives of American Art]

Oral History Interview with Eugene and Hiroko Sato Pijanowski, 2003 May 15-16
Interview with Eugene and Hiroko Sato Pijanowski conducted by Arline M. Fisch
[Online Source: Smithsonian Archives of American Art]