Incense Making Workshop

Join us at Gem Jewelry + Lifestyle on Thursday, November 8th from 5:30-8PM for an Incense Making Workshop with artist Mike Paré of Zouz Incense. 

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Visual artist Mike Paré started exploring incense making in 2015 after finding it hard to get his hands on incense made with natural ingredients. He found that most commercially sold incense is made with artificial fragrance oils and burning accelerants. He researched Japanese incense making and that inspired him to try and make his own natural, hand-rolled incense. Mike has spent a lot time researching what materials burn well, where to source premium aromatics and how to put them all together. A student of aesthetics, herbalism and anthropology, he is constantly expanding his awareness of plants and the therapeutic properties they offer.

Learn the basics of making your own natural incense. This workshop introduces a Japanese-style of incense making using traditional materials. The course draws from the history of incense and students will be introduced to a variety of aromatic herbs, spices, tree resins and powders. Participants will leave the class with their own incense to burn and share. 
The Workshop consists of 3 parts:
Part 1: Incense Burning
Participants will learn historical and cultural aspects of incense. They will get acquainted with incense materials by burning them with a charcoal and censer. Creative and interactive exercises will involve incense burning and smelling ingredients, while learning the philosophy and techniques around formulating an incense blend.
Part 2: Formulation
Participants choose from a selection of prepared incense materials, including Frankincense, myrrh, lavender, sage, cedar, sandalwood, patchouli, and more. Then, formulate, assemble, and mix their blends.
Part 3: Hand Rolling Incense
Participants form their blend into a burnable form by hand rolling cones or joss sticks. Each participant will finish the workshop with 12-20 pieces of incense. Drying and storage of incense will be discussed.
NOTE: Rolled incense takes up to 48 hours to dry completely. Participants are encouraged to bring a small, airtight plastic container or tube to transport your finished incense.
All materials for making 12-20 incense pieces are included in the cost of the class. Additional incense materials will be available for purchase.