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Sustainable Living Workshop: Jesmonite Crafting x Japanese Calligraphy

Sustainable Living Workshop: Jesmonite Crafting x Japanese Calligraphy

katie.robertson / 29 Mar 2023

Supporting E2W member Shalaka Laxman and good friend Saori Okada, who hosted a Coffee Break for us last year. 

Sustainable Living Workshop: Jesmonite Crafting x Japanese Calligraphy

Please register via EventBrite, by clicking here.


In the first section, you will learn about jesmonite crafting and work with By Shax founder, Shalaka Laxman, to make a pair of your own professional-looking coasters for your home or as a wonderful gift for someone else. Experiment with casting using pigmentation, marbling, and finishing techniques. You'll also learn about the versatility of Jesmonite AC100, a water-based eco-resin widely used to make decorative moulded objects. It is safe to use and contains no harmful chemicals.

While we wait for your finished coasters to solidify, we will explore the world of Japanese wellness, a sustainable lifestyle approach based on longevity, with Mogami founder Saori Okada. Saori will walk you through the Japanese wellness puzzle, a five-piece wellness puzzle that can be utilized in your life today. We will focus on the art of presence and the need for creative flow with an intention-setting practice of Japanese calligraphy.

What's included:

  • All materials to make your own pair of hexagonal coasters.
  • Protective gloves.
  • Some refreshments as we wait for your coasters to dry.
  • Calligraphy pens and paper for Japanese calligraphy writing.

About the teachers:

By Shax:

By Shax is an independent, conscious London-based art and homeware brand which uses a variety of materials to create handmade, unique, and vibrant pieces. With a focus on sustainable and bespoke homeware, most pieces are made with jesmonite which is an eco-resin. Jesmonite is often used in construction as an alternative to concrete, however it is VOC-free and much lighter.

By Shax is a one-woman business and is owned by Shalaka Laxman, who also works in Sustainable Finance alongside her creative business. Each piece is designed and handmade in her studio in the Isle of Dogs in East London.

Instagram: @artbyshax


Mogami is a London-based Japanese wellness brand that provides private coaching, group & team-building wellness workshops, and online learning focused on a sustainable wellness lifestyle for longevity.

Mogami's (最上) brand name comes from the Founder, Saori Okada’s mother. Mogami was her maiden name and translates to "highest level". It is Mogami’s mission to empower individuals to achieve their best selves - one that is sustainable, holistic, mindful, and centred around longevity. Saori combines her training as a Certified Wellness Coach with her 20-year experience in Japanese calligraphy (gifted the calligraphy name 星洗 Seisen) to provide an authentic, achievable, and action-based approach to well-being.

Instagram: @mogami_wellness

Please register via EventBrite, by clicking here.


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