IBSA: Korean Inlay by Cho Sungho

Date: July 25th-29th, 2019 (5 days)

Time: 10am-5pm

Maximum number of participant: 8 people

Price: 16,900 THB (approx. 476 EURO) + tool kit 1,600 THB

Note: Exchange rate as of Feb7th, 2019 is € 1 = 35.48 THB

Ibsa (Pomoksanggam) is a traditional metalsmithing technique used in several Asian countries called in different ways. “Ibsa” in Korean, “Krum” in Thai, “Nunome Zogan” in Japanese. The technique was used to decorate objects such as sword, gun, valuable box, and etc by creating a special texture on the metal surface with chisels and inlay gold foil, silver foil, gold thread, silver thread and/or copper thread on the surface.

In this workshop the students will learn to prepare the base metal sheet with a particular engraving tool and inlay with pure silver thread.

Tool kit:

1 Ibsa tool 

1 Ibsa hammer

2 Steel plates 5x5cm

1 Steel plate 10x10cm

50 cm. pure silver thread

Who is it for?

This course is for all level. Beginners and non-jewellers are welcome.


Cho Sungho, born in 1975 in Cheongsong, Korea. Sungho Cho graduated in Metalwork & Jewellery from Seoul National University. He moved to Florence to study at the Alchimia school with two masters of the contemporary art jewelry field, Manfred Bischoff and David Bielander before completing his training with Otto Künzli at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich.

In 2013, he received the title of Best Jeweler of the Year in Korea and his works appear regularly in exhibitions in Europe and the USA. His works are present in many permanent collections of international museums such as the Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam), the Museum of Contemporary Craft (Portland, USA), The Chiwoo Craft Museum (Korea) and the Alice and Louis Koch Collection (Basel, Switzerland).