Studying this form of art is very rigorous and time consuming; up to a year to make one piece. In addition, there is a skin allergy associated with working with the sap, similar to poison ivy. It hasn't been easy learning this and sometimes living in very uncomfortable conditions.
I am one of the few lacquer artists who work with the raw material because of the time and expense of the materials. It’s time I bring my art work back to Alaska to educate about this rare and dying medium.