Wood you? Yutaka Minegishi


In this Masterclass participants will use wood as a starting point. The objective will be to carve a ring for the hand. Using the porous and structural properties of wood participants will work using essential processes to explore contemporary forms. Traditionally goldsmiths build and model using metal components, sections and constituents to join and build form and structure. In this Masterclass, Yutaka will lead participants to use wood as a material and work only with the reductive and subtractive techniques to produce form by carving and stripping back material.

Course content

In this Masterclass participants create rings in wood that concentrate on what you absolutely need. Starting with a humble section of wood the reductive and subtractive process of carving will focus on the edges, lines, curves and surfaces. Each participant will explore the form through the process of shaving and scraping, allowing the hand to decide what to do next. This intuitive and direct approach to working with wood will allow participants to feel which lines should join together to make a new curve or which details can vanish. Participants will engage in discussions led by Minegishi.

Ideal for

This course is suited to participants with some experience in object making, jewellery or Gold & Silversmithing and is exploring how to expand and take their practice further.

Important Information

This Masterclass is one of 2 Four-day Masterclasses delivered by two leading international artists. Presented by The School of Art, Object based Practice, Gold & Silversmithing.

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The objective is to reach a unique and unrepeatable form, a work that could not be visualised before beginning. Participants will explore intuitively with wood to look for unexpected details, lines and forms in their own finished pieces and to explore their personal response.



Materials supplied

Selected Materials supplied. 

Materials to bring

Personal Protective Equipment, some interesting wood you might have previously collected, camera, digital device, a developed tool list will be sent to participants.


Participants will be awarded an RMIT Statement of Participation.

Additional notes


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