POSTPONED | Designing Incense

with Niklaus Mettler

28 Mar 2020

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Incense can be used as an insect repellent, to mask a foul smell or as a way to connect with the divine. In fact, the word “incense” is derived from the Latin word for “to burn.” This workshop will help you design your own aroma composition and teach you how to use materials to make incense from scratch. 


incense - Filippo Iannone

What you will do

In this workshop, you learn about Japanese incense making and you will get to add your own twist. After introducing the classical approach and the traditional precious aromatic materials often used in incense making, Niklaus Mettler will delve into less used and more local materials. He will then guide you to compose your own aromatic recipe for incense.

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


Workshop: Designing Incense
Saturday, 28th of March, 14:00-17:00
Mediamatic Biotoop, Dijksgracht 6, Amsterdam
Tickets: Regular € 78,- | Student / Artist / Stadspas € 55,-* (incl. €1 administration costs)

*We give a discount to students, artists and Stadspas holders. If this applies to you we will ask to verify. For questions, please send an email to

Attendance limited to 10 people. We maintain a minimum of 5 participants.

Please note that this workshop will be held in English.