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The new issue (issue 9) of Ha Wan Pao is out and is available at Mountain Folkcraft and the following stocklists.

Come and get your copy now!

Ha Wan Pao is a monthly paper about people who make beautiful things. whether they’re making comic books, tofu or shoes; what they have in common is the quiet pursuit of excellence.
Ha Wan (下環) is an old name for Wanchai – the Hong Kong neighbourhood where the project was born.

HWP is created by Anna Gleeson with contributions from Furze Chan.

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W160xL380xH250mm, China

Ceramic pillows have long been used by the Chinese, offering the pleasure of a coolness in those hot summer nights.

They became most popular in the Tang dynasty when the technique of firing has reached a certain height and pottery becomes available to the masses.  Different forms and style were made and the children theme was one of them.  This particular pillow is known as the “hai er zhen” and was made by the famous kiln in the South of China, Ci Zhou kiln, which is characterized by the descriptive black strokes on white clay or vice versa.

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This lion riding figue is Wei Chi Gong, a general of the Tang dynasty.  Stories of his loyalty and bravery made it to the hearts of the people that he became a protector for the home, prints and figurines were made of him and his partner Qin Qiong.

Legends has it that in the Tang dynasty, the Dragon King had a bet with a fortune teller, this act violated the rules of the heaven and Jade Emperor ordered for the dragon’s execution.  The Dragon King pledged with the Tang Emperor and the Emperor agreed to summon the executioner back to court so the dragon could be spare.  Unfortunately, the Emperor doses off and missed the hour, the dragon was cut in half and died.  The dragon was extremely upset that the promise was broken and its ghost haunted the imperial palace day and night.  Wei Chi Gong and Qin Qiong, the two brave generals offered to stand guard at the door of the palace, the dragon ghost was kept at bay.  The emperor felt guilty that the pair has to be on guard days and nights because of his own negligence and ordered prints and figurines to be made of the two so to spare them from their task.  The fame of the two generals is so powerful that their imagery would be enough to scare away the haunted dragon, since then they were used to guard doors, gateways, bed in the household.

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L340xW120xH120mm, Hong Kong

A Wounded Tree Log.

soft slab
texturized surface
cobalt oxide black slip wash

POTTERY ART BY CHRIS LO
MOUNTAIN FOLKCRAFT

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White Glazed Tea Cylinder

POTTERY ART BY CHRIS LO
MOUNTAIN FOLKCRAFT

For those of us who indulge in the memory of old Hong Kong, dont miss the chance to see Fan Ho‘s work in Hong Kong.
His photos not only capture the history of time but also the romance and humor.  It is as if one would re-enter this filmic place through the frame of his camera.

Exhibition of Fan Ho

A HONG KONG MEMIOR
@
AO Vertical
1-13F Asia One Tower, 8 Fung Yip Street, Chai Wan
(exhibition ends 31 Jan 2015)

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L430xD60xH110mm, China

This wood carving would have been the center piece of  a furniture.  A pair of phoenix amidst an intricate carving of clouds are flying towards the raising sun.

The phoenix is a pair of mythical birds that symbolizes peace.  These king of birds flying towards the sun represent an expectation of well being to come; a blessing of health, longevity and goodness.

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W140xL140mm, Hong Kong

Its the time of the year to start writing your X’mas cards!

Come and pick up our x’mas cards along with the other gifts.

Here is the list of dates you need to post your cards and gifts to get to the destination in time!

 

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Glazed Stoneware Mug
with Legs
(and horns too if you turn it upside down)

POTTERY ART BY CHRIS LO
MOUNTAIN FOLKCRAFT

For all the contemporary pottery collectors and coffee lover, a charity event will be held @InBetween and @Common Ground starting this Saturday the 15th to the 30th.

A selection of beautiful unique handmade mugs by artists from the Cobo Ceramic Workshop will be on sale,
50% of the selling price will be donated to Children Cancer Foundation HK.

Be sure not to miss out!

INBETWEEN
6b Tai Ping Shan Street
Sheung Wan

COMMON GROUND
19 Shing Wong Street
Central

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