The Secret Arts - Atlas Obscura Experiences
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The Secret Arts

1 hour
$10 per device
Up to 275 people
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$10 per device
$10 per person
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What We’ll Do

Watchmaking. Silhouette portraiture. Taxidermy. Mud Ball Polishing.

Welcome to the world of The Secret Arts, a new experience from Atlas Obscura that invites some of the world’s rarest experts and artisans to share the hidden knowledge of their singular craft. Each weekly edition of The Secret Arts features a different craftsperson in discussion with host Eric Grundhauser (Atlas Obscura), exploring some of the key lessons and discoveries they’ve made over the years, how you might try your hand at their unique skill, and answering your questions live! Join us, and take a step into the unknown realm of The Secret Arts!

For our inaugural Secret Arts show, we’ll be joined by artist and master of the Japanese art of dorodango, Bruce Gardner. Dorodango is the art of creating beautiful, almost impossibly perfect spheres, using little more than mud, water, and your hands. For years, Gardner has been practicing and evolving the art form. His work has been featured on National Geographic, and he literally wrote the book (Dorodango: The Japanese Art of Mud Polishing) on the subject. Join us for an hour with Gardner, as he shares what he’s learned about the art, and answers your questions live!

What Else You Should Know

Once registered, you'll receive a password-protected link to the Zoom event.

This online experience is part of Atlas Obscura’s Wonder From Home initiative. At Atlas Obscura, our mission has always been to inspire wonder and curiosity about the incredible world we all share. Now, more than ever, there’s a need to stay connected—not only to our sense of wonder, but to each other. Follow and share the hashtag #wonderfromhome for inspiring stories, more incredible online experiences, and live streams with the Atlas Obscura community.

Group Size

There are 275 spots available on this experience.

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