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Foundations of Kolrosing (all gender/no gender)

  • 02 March 2023
  • (CST)
  • 30 March 2023
  • (CDT)
  • 4 sessions
  • 02 March 2023, 1:00 PM 3:00 PM (CST)
  • 09 March 2023, 1:00 PM 3:00 PM (CST)
  • 23 March 2023, 1:00 PM 3:00 PM (CDT)
  • 30 March 2023, 1:00 PM 3:00 PM (CDT)
  • 14 27th Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414
  • 6


  • These seats are reserved for BIPOC students wishing to pay for registration based on Fireweed's micro-reparations pricing strategy.


Get started with a very old, very portable decorative craft! At its simplest, kolrosing is the art of cutting a very thin incision into a wooden surface, filling it with pigmented powder like coffee or cinnamon to reveal the pattern, and burnishing the cut closed to create a smooth and durable decoration. It is a wonderful way to decorate woodenware such as spoons, spreaders, and plates because it doesn’t catch food, but can also be used on any flat wooden surface. It requires no special tools, strength, or studio space; everything you need can be packed up in a pencil case!

Through this course, you will be able to explore kolrosing on your own with confidence and joy through good techniques, practice, and mindfulness.  You will be able to make something extra special through kolrosing—like putting someone's name or their birthday or kolrosing an image on a special wooden object like a spoon. Over four sessions, kolrosing teaching artist Liesl Chatman will cover layout and design, surface preparation, knife techniques, cutting straight and curved lines into letters and patterns, and techniques for working on both flat and curved surfaces. Students will work on simple practice pieces such as letterboards and students’ own projects.

The materials fee for this course is $60 and is included in the admission cost. Materials include a complete kolrosing kit with everything needed to get started—and keep going independently.  This includes small bottles of various oils, suitable artist’s pencils with point protectors and fine-point sharpeners, a small dot-grid notebook, handouts sized for the notebook, a 6” clear plastic grid ruler, 3x6x3/8” basswood letter boards, craft sticks, and a sturdy canvas zipped bag that everything fits into.  Tools are not included in the kit—but are available a la carte. Students will be using Del Stubs kolrosing knives, which can be purchased or borrowed from the instructor.  Antler burnishers may also be purchased as available.

Liesl is a queer teacher and all genders are welcomed.


Taught by Liesl Chatman (@rivchicawarrior)



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