1. Curriculum
2. Artisan process
3. Stores and exhibitions
4. School
5. Order made jewels



Tominaga Takako



1944  Born in Tokyo
1966 Graduation in  graphical arts and lithography in the School of Fine arts
1967 Professor of graphical arts at the School of Fine Arts
1970 Begins learning under the great master Tomiya Aida 
1972 Foundation of the Atelier La Tene Tominaga 




Contemporary Japanese jewels. (Museum of Heineberg, Germany).

Tableware art objects in several cities of the United States and Canada.

Week of Japan in Marseilles.

1990 Week of Japan in Glasgow
1991 Week of Japan in Bordeaux



                       Artisan process                    


Metal work (Casting) 

    The artist practices a form of handicraft, which involves casting a single piece of work  and destroying the mold in the process.  

    First, the artist carves a sculpture from beeswax and later the finished metal casting will take the shape of the wax sculpture using what is called the lost-wax burnout method. Since the original wax sculpture and the mold are lost in the process, the finished piece is the only one of its kind, unlike mass-production casting where the mold may be used repeatedly. After casting, no additional carving is performed, but the artist must carefully and meticulously hand-polish the metal casting to obtain a final work. 

Lost-Wax burnout

    This process involves using a wax sculpture to make a mold to cast metal then removing the wax from the mold by burning it off before pouring in the metal.

         A sculpture in the shape of the intended final product is carved from wax. The wax model is then placed in a flask and a mixture of fine sand and adhesive is poured around the wax figure and left to harden.

        Then the flask, still containing the wax model encased in a sandstone-like mold, is placed in a blazing furnace where the wax is vaporized and exits through a tube-shaped spurge leading from the top of the mold down to the wax figure.

         Once the wax is gone, molten metal is poured into the mold through the spurge and takes the shape of the former wax figure.

        Next, the mold itself is dissolved in water, leaving only the metal casting and the flask to survive the process.

Gilded Silver

      The silver work (950) is plated with 24-karat gold. A mixture of gold obtained after 3 months of dumping of small golden glitter in some mercury, is applied to the surface of the object. The gold adheres to the surface after evaporation of the mercury under the influence of the heat.


                         Stores and exhibitions                       


Flower Room:      Kotsukaikan 1, Yurakuchoekimae, Tokyo

Hanamuro:          Rose Road, Yaesu Chikagai 2, Tokyo

Boutique Roi-New Otani:      Kioicho, Hotel New Otani, 2º floor, Tokyo


Middle of October in Gallery  2104 (Aoyama, Tokyo)

End of October in Art Gallery (Kyoto)

Beginning of February in KotsuKaikan (Yurakucho, Tokyo)  




Classes of Fine Arts, jewel design and gold and silver handicraft. Inquiries:

Tominaga School

  Minami Magome 1-45-16, Ota-Ku, Tokyo 143-0025. Japan

Tel 03-37715516 (10 AM-7 PM)


                    Jewels  order  made                 

     Order made craft’s articles.  Do not hesitate to  consult to us  your ideas and designs.  All the articles exposed throughout this site can serve as a sample for your  own design. We invite you to examine the following   models that are outstanding works.