Heather T. Scott is a practicing mitsuro wax and jewelry artist who has been developing her technique for nearly a decade. In that time, she’s perfected the mitsuro technique’s climate-sensitive wax recipe and learned to bring out the natural beauty of the material to form wearable artisan jewelry. Mitsuro is a rare 1,300 year old Japanese blended wax technique that creates organic designs with beautiful striations.
Heather discovered mitsuro at the perfect time in her life. As a young artist studying in Hawaii, Heather was moved by energy flowing through her tropical surroundings and sought a way to express that sense of motion in her work. From the wind of the rainforest coursing through the mountains to the tumbling surf of the Hawaiian shoreline and the currents of the endless deep blue ocean, the sweeping design of the mitsuro technique proved to be a perfect outlet for Heather’s interpretation of her environment.
Since mitsuro wax is not commercially available, the process begins by blending specific ratios of materials together to create the mitsuro. After cooling, the wax is heated to body temperature and hand manipulated by pulling, twisting, and folding. During this process, delicate striations, called hikime, are created in the mitsuro wax. These sweeping lines and grooves lend to the organic shapes and nature inspired designs that Heather Scott utilizes in her wearable art jewelry. Finally, the wax form is used to produce a single-use mould which, when metal is added, produces the finished silver or gold jewelry piece. Since the mould is destroyed in the process, no two pieces are exactly alike. Heather uses this same single-use mould casting process to create her botanical pieces.