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Ambacht in Beeld Education Days 19 & 20 September 2024
Ambacht in Beeld Festival 21 & 22 September 2024
NDSM Loods, Amsterdam-Noord

Entrance ticket

Tickets sale start September 1, 2023 at 10:00 AM.


Entrance ticket

€ 10 at the venue

€ 7,50 presale online


Mentioned prices include: VAT, service costs and € 1.50 entertainment fee for the municipality of Amsterdam.


Children up to 13 years enjoy free admission (with entrance ticket < 13 years).


Free entrance with your Stadspas.

Water Gilding / Verre églomisé

Learn reverse glass gilding [Verre églomisé] with Umberto. Umberto will talk you through the stages of gold leaf application to the rear surface of the glass. You will gild a specific design using the technique of water gilding before adding colour to the work, finishing the piece ready to take home and be framed. 


You will be shown how to apply loose gold leaf to a gilders cushion before learning how to pick up gold using traditional tools such as a gilders tip. All participants will be able to apply the gold to the glass [in reverse] watching the gold leap off the gilders tip onto the glass before drying to a mirrored finish.


Robert [Umberto] will be demonstrating how to burnish gold, apply extra coats of gold as well as finish each piece with enamel paint. Once each [traditional] stage is complete, you are able to take home your work relay to be framed. 



byUMBERTO is the studio of Robert ‘Umberto’ Walker*- artist, artisan & educator based in Marsden, UK. Passionate about typography, craft, detail and keeping heritage skills alive, Robert started out as a sign writer and mural painter- what was once known as a ‘decorator’.


Today Robert’s focus is not just on learning from the best (and sometimes the last) in their field, but believes in finding and using the tools once used by masters of their trade, to stay true to these heritage skills. A lifelong learner & teacher, he is also a zealous advocate of sharing his expertise through ongoing workshops, lectures & community engagement, and is always looking for new ways to inspire others.


Trained in a multitude of craft techniques, Robert’s speciality is in the art of Verre Églomisé, which involves painstakingly painting a design and applying gold leaf onto the rear face of glass, once a commonly-used technique for signage, now an at-risk heritage skill. Now Robert brings all of his experience and obsession together to create high-end pieces from the byUMBERTO studio for exteriors, interiors, and collectors and is increasingly exploring the creation of contemporary art pieces using traditional sign-writing methods.


In collaboration with the Heritage Crafts Association.


Gilding materials generously sponsored by GOLD LEAF SUPPLIES.


















Picture credit: Arran Cross from Department Two.



Silk painting

Language English.


Silk painting refers to paintings on silk. They are a traditional way of painting in Asia. Methods vary, but using traditional supplies of 100% silk fabric, stretched in a frame, and applying textile paints or dyes are the beginnings of an amazing creative process in making textile art. Participants will learn how to prepare silk to paint and create their own silk painting.


Under the expert guidance of teacher Yeun, you’ll progress step by step, creating a high-quality painting and honing your skills in this cherished art form. During the master class, you’ll have the privilege of painting on 100% pure silk treated with animal bone glue. Our handcrafted brushes sourced from Korea and China ensure an authentic and immersive painting experience.


Studio Yen is a Korean painting studio based in Rotterdam, dedicated to spreading the beauty of oriental art and philosophy. We offer high-quality Korean painting classes and workshops, aiming to blend tradition with a modern touch. Our mission is to support artists in their creative journey, providing them with the skills and inspiration to explore and embrace Korean artistry. Join us as we celebrate the captivating essence of Korean painting and its timeless significance.


Yeun Kim specialized in “Advanced Major in Oriental painting during her bachelor’s studies. After gaining valuable experience in industrial design and teaching art, she ventured to the Netherlands. Driven by a deep desire to share the richness of Korean culture, Yeun founded Studio Yen, an art studio that offers high-quality Korean painting classes. Addittionally, she established Design Only Together, a company that reflects her diverse roles as an artist, art teacher, designer, and entrepreneur. Through Studio Yen, Yeun is dedicated to showcasing the brilliance of Korean art to a global audience. Her artistic prowess and entrepreneurial spirit converge in a mission to introduce the beauty of Korean culture to the world.

Weave a basket (Laos)

Join a master bamboo weaver from Luang Prabang, Laos, and learn about the many uses of bamboo in Laos. During this interactive workshop, you will learn the craft of bamboo weaving and make a basket, using no other tools than your hands and creativity.


Bamboo is a very useful material in Laos and is used in all aspects of daily life. We eat it (like in bamboo soup), make musical instruments, make weapons for hunting and traps for catching animals, and even use it for paper. We use it in construction to build houses, walls, roofs and even bridges. We split the bamboo in various ways to weave it into baskets, hats, traps, ceremonial items, woven walls and mats.

Many bamboo creations are dark brown in colour, because they have been hung over the house fire in the smoke 
to harden the bamboo and to kill off any insects living in the bamboo. In the villages, the weaving of cloth is done mainly by women, but bamboo weaving is usually done by men. It is an important skill and some people say that a man cannot get married unless he can weave bamboo.


There are over 1000 varieties of bamboo in the world; four main ones are used in Laos. They have many uses, depending on how wide the bamboo stems are and on the age of the plant. In the countryside, we go to the forest to cut bamboo and we choose stems that are the right length between joints. The bamboo is split and peeled and then scraped so it is smooth and flat. Then it is soaked in water, maybe in the river, sometimes for a few days to make it soft and flexible and also to get rid of insects in the bamboo.


At Ock Pop Tok Living Crafts Centre, we value traditional crafts and teach it to visitors to not only keep it alive and thriving but to encourage visitors to get a better appreciation of the various crafts of Laos, including bamboo weaving.


Originally from Ngoi District, Ae moved to Luang Prabang in 2006 to become a monk. Since a young age, like many young Lao boys, he was taught the art of bamboo weaving by his father. While bamboo has many uses in Laos, it’s hard to make a living out of it in Laos. Ae thus decided to take a new direction in 2010. With the hopes of increasing his chances of working in tourism – Luang Prabang being a UNESCO heritage town, its hospitality scene offered many opportunities – Ae decided to study English. He joined Ock Pop Tok in 2012 then left in 2017 to gain some more experience. All throughout, he never let go of his love for bamboo weaving and would always find some time to practice. Working at Ock Pop Tok made this easier for him as Ock Pop Tok promotes the traditional crafts of Laos through workshops. Ae rejoined the Ock Pop Tok family at the end of 2022 as Assistant Hospitality Manager, jumping in to teach bamboo weaving classes to tourists visiting Luang Prabang and thus sharing his love for the art of bamboo weaving. Ae loves that his job gives him the opportunity to learn new things every day while meeting people from all over the world. In his spare time, you will find Ae fishing on the banks of the Mekong, often using bamboo traps and baskets he fashioned himself.


Connected through Craftscurator.



Venetian mask making

Language: English.


Marilisa Dal Cason is a traditional ‘mascarera.’ Marilisa creates most of her handcrafted masks by respecting every step of the traditional Venetian mask-making techniques. Every step is performed with great attention and passion, from the creation of the mould to the making of the papier-mache, the cutting, the colouring, the enamelling and the decorations. Marilisa also enjoys experimenting and creating new shapes and masks using modern materials that she plays with and personalizes in-depth, creating unique and colourful designs.


She will demonstrate how these traditional masks are made, using clay, a mould and paper-maché, and show the different shapes. She will bring finished masks, as well as books, for your inspiration. You will learn about using gold and silver leaf to decorate the masks. After this, you will paint your mask under the guidance of Marilisa, who will provide suggestions and ideas. You can choose from a range of shapes.


Please wear clothes with which you can paint, or bring an apron (schort).


The first hour will be information about the craft, tradition and process. The second hour will be spent creating your mask.


Photo: Herman van Doorn.



You can choose from one of these masks (value € 20):







Relief mosaic from recycled slate

During this masterclass, Paulina will guide your imagination to create a relief mosaic, all in slate (Dutch: leisteen). You will cut, break and chip old slate tiles to extract their beauty and compose a contemporary mosaic. You will have a 20cm x 30cm rectangle to express your creativity.


Each piece of slate will be cut with a professional nipper or an electric tile wet saw and then sticked with coloured mortar.


Please remember to bring your smile and an old T-shirt or apron.


Paulina Okurowska is an artist, and mosaicist since 2010. She graduated from ENSAMAA Olivier de Serres Applied Art and Craft School in Paris and Sorbonne for plastic art and aesthetics. She works mainly with private clients, art galleries, art trades, and public spaces. She was awarded the Fondation Banque Populaire winner and was pleased to be the Craft Ambassador for Pays de la Loire region in 2017. For two years, she works in Brittany, where she is constantly amazed by the western light and this magical stone that is slate. “I’m very happy for the opportunity to share some of my art secrets, my techniques, and especially to show you that black is light and shiny.”



Slates generously provided by Pronk Bouw.



Blueprinting is one of the possibilities of (wood) block printing, also known as cotton printing—an ancient craft to decorate fabrics. In Europe, people traditionally used woad and, from the 16th and 17th centuries onwards, India’s indigo potentiates to dye fabrics blue. You could dye whole fabrics with that and apply patterns by covering parts of your fabric before dyeing. Back then, the patterns explained more about your identity and the group you belonged to.


You will try out different techniques in this masterclass. On three test pieces of cotton you will paint with a brush, stencil and print with wooden printing blocks from India using printing paste. Then you choose one of those three techniques to design and paint a slightly larger piece. Dye your samples and final piece in the indigo dye bath. After oxidizing, we rinse the cotton. At the end of the masterclass or at the end of the day, when the material is dry, you take it home to further process it in your own project.


Nathalie Cassee owns her specialised cotton printing workshop in Amersfoort, de Katoendrukkerij. She learned the craft of cotton printing in India, England and France. Besides direct printing with textile dyes, she also deepened her knowledge of printing with cut-out techniques and natural dyes. In India, she worked in different regions to get acquainted with various styles and block printers from whom she learnt the tricks of the trade. In her workshop, she has a collection of about 1,000 printing blocks.


Weaving and braiding clay

This masterclass is in English.


The minimum age is 14 years—all levels.


In this crafty masterclass, you’ll learn the art of clay weaving and create hand-built objects, such as a basket or vessel.

First, we’ll prepare clay slabs and coils using strips and cut slabs. Then, you’ll weave your project over a mould or form to create the desired shape.


Kesem will demonstrate the technique and offer guidance throughout the process. When the project is finished, you will leave it to get dry. Then your project will be first baked, dipped in clear glaze, fired again in the kiln, and ready for pick up after two weeks from the studio in Amsterdam centre (Nieuwmarkt area).


The price includes the materials, tools, glaze, and fire service.


This workshop is taught by Kesem Yahav, a ceramic designer and a Creative Coach. She has worked with Clay for the last 20 years and runs her Clay studio Kesemy Design in Amsterdam, making small-batch ceramics collections and working B2B with European shops. She has been teaching for 20 years. She has taught different clay workshops and hosted many groups for their team-building events and party workshops at her studio in Amsterdam.


Please arrange a time/date for pickup with Kesem. The address is Kesemy design studio, Korte Koningsstraat 21, 1011 EX Amsterdam.


Fore-edge painting

Language: English.


The minimum age is ± 16 years (participants must be able to handle brushes, take instructions and be prepared to focus for a day).


A magic secret book art

In this masterclass, you will have a unique opportunity to learn how to make your own ‘vanishing’ book painting. Fore-edge painting is a British book art practised for centuries by a few binders and artists. These curious secret paintings are hidden under the gilded page edges, so they can only be seen by fanning the book. Martin Frost is currently the only practitioner offering workshops and, having created 3500 examples, will show the technique he has used for the last 44 years. The craft has been declared ‘critically endangered’ by the British Heritage Crafts Association and awarded Martin ‘Maker of the Year’ for 2017. In addition, the national honour of the MBE was personally presented to him by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth. Examples of this rare book art will be on display during the masterclass.


Students will be shown the correct way to prepare the book and materials, plan the image, apply the paint, and wipe the edge to allow the painting to vanish magically. Students need to be able to handle small brushes but not necessarily be accomplished artists.


Materials students should bring: watercolour paints and a selection of brushes (sizes 4-8), a mixing plate, a small water pot, pencil, ruler, sheets of A4 paper, and some ideas as to their preferred image (the fanned edge is a slim 4:1 format).


Materials supplied: A5 gilt-edged blank books and an 8-page manual (worth £ 35) are included in the masterclass price. Loan of the book clamps is free, but they are available for sale at £ 60.


This masterclass lasts from 11 am to 6 pm. There will be a one-hour lunch break. The maximum number of participants is ten.


In collaboration with the Heritage Crafts Association.


Polish your own diamond

Polishing rough diamonds is a craft practised in Amsterdam for centuries.


Diamond is the hardest material on earth and can only be worked with another diamond. The diamond polisher transforms rough crystals into the most magnificent gemstones.


During the Ambacht in Beeld Festival, one of the master polishers will give an exclusive one-to-one masterclass in which you will polish your own diamond together.


The Amsterdam City of Diamonds Foundation will also be present during the Ambacht in Beeld Education Days. They have been offering in-house training as diamond polishers for several years. As an apprentice diamond polisher, you go straight to work under the guidance of one of the master diamond polishers, according to the principle of ‘learning on the job’. Within a few years, you can master the trade of diamond polishing!