mirror mirror on the wall


“The first mirror that humans encountered was their reflection in water.

A mirror has the ability to reflect our own reality and the potential to show us many different worlds. A mirror can open a dialogue with and be a metaphor for beauty, truth, infinity, religion and protection. These metaphors all have strong connections with jewellery.” Jiro Kamata

The goal of this workshop is for participants to find individual relationships between the object and the mirror and to transform these relationships into a piece of jewellery.

Course content

Light, reflection and the visual effect of the mirror are important topics for this workshop, as is the connection between mirroring and human relationships. Through discussions and experimentation with different materials, participants will develop their ideas, explore materials, solve technical problems and make a piece of jewellery. The workshop will conclude with a group critique and presentations of the final work. The mirror will be explored as a material for experimentation. Participants will be guided by Kamata to use mirrored materials and discover their many possibilities.

Ideal for

This workshop is suited to people who are interested in working with different materials, thinking in different ways and challenging their making practice. Basic jewellery skills are required.

Important Information

Public Lecture by Jiro Kamata

Around and Around

5.30-6.30pm Thursday 2nd July

RMIT University, Building 80, Level 9, Room 12 427-433 Swanston Street, Melbourne

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Reflection is an important theme for jewellery. This workshop will help participants understand mirrored materials, enabling them to build up new possibilities and ways of thinking about beauty and reflection.

Materials supplied

Participants to provide their own materials.

Materials to bring

At least 6 different types of mirror and reflective materials with flat, curved or multifaceted surfaces: polished metal, stones, plastic reflection, lenses, DVD, textiles, glass, foil, ceramic.


Participants will be awarded an RMIT Statement of Participation.

Additional notes

Course Presenter

Jiro Kamata is a Japanese born artist who lives and works in Munich, Germany. Kamata studied at the Academy of Fine Arts, Munich and his practice applies highly developed goldsmithing techniques to non-traditional materials such as eyeglasses and camera lenses. Kamata has exhibited internationally since 1999 and is an assistant professor at the Academy of Fine Arts, Munich.

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