T - Designing Incense - Guest Series

with Niklaus Mettler and guest Digna Tjon A San

1 Jan 4300

Incense is an ancient form of perfumery and has in many cultures different shapes, purposes and functions. In this series we invite various guests to shine light on cultures of incense smoking as an addition to our regular workshop.

With our first guest Digna Tjon A San you will experience Surinamese incense and learn about its cultural history. Later Niklaus Mettler will delve into many different aroma materials, and you will learn how to develop your own Japanese-style incense from scratch.

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Smoking sage - Photo by Kayla Maurais on Unsplash

What you will do

To kick off the workshop Digna Tjon A San gives an introduction to the Black Surinamese incense burning culture, which includes the role of smoking of leaves at funeral rituals burning and talking with spirits. 

The rest of the workshop is generally based on the Japanese incense technique (which includes forms of ‘loose’ incense and sticks and cones) but leaves space for your own personal curiosity and will for experimentation. Niklaus will first present particular forms of incense burning and a range of ingredients used in traditional incense-making. He will also delve into less common and more local materials. You will then get to compose your own aromatic incense recipe.

There will be a range of materials that you can use in the workshop, but we invite participants to bring materials that will help to create their personal blend. This can be gums, woods, flowers, spices, fruit-zest or anything that carries an interesting smell for you. Note: the materials you bring have to be completely dry in order use them in your blend.

Niklaus Mettler

Niklaus Mettler is a perfumer and art director who works with scent in a variety of contexts. He has worked with artists from different fields and established his own line of perfumes. His brand In’n’out Fragrances stands for a deliberate focus on socially incorrect perfume inspired by man-made places and daily materials.

Digna Tjon A San

Digna is a holistic coach and hypnotherapist. In her practice Gewoon Gelukkig Gezond, she treats people with high sensitivity with different methods, such as energy work and hypnotherapy, to help me deal with their condition and embrace it as part of themselves. 


Full price €79 | Discount €55
We give a discount to students, artists and Stadspas holders. If this applies to you we might ask to see your kvk nr/portfolio or student card for this option.


00th of month, 14:00-17:00
Attendance limited to 10 people. We maintain a minimum of 5 participants.
Please note that this workshop will be held in English.
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