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Something for the weekend, a book I am currently reading and found that I can hardly put it down.  The book was published a few years back, I remember seeing it in the bookshop but the title didnt appeal to me.  “Gweilo” is a slang used by the locals to refer to foreigners, “ghost guy” would be a direct translation.  In the Qing dynasty when Chinese was closed off, any people who looks different from the orientals, large colour eyes,  tall nose, blonde hair would spark the thought that one is from a different world, hence “ghost”.  As we are approaching a more politically correct times, I was a little resentful of the word.

An autobiography of an English boy who came to Hong Kong with his parents in the 1950s.  His adventure and observations was beautifully and vividly written, the 50s was before I was born but a world that I could imagine and indulge in.  Hong Kong is fast changing city, the Hong Kong I am familiar with is almost a different city than the one he described.  I began searching for images of that era and came across this site where the Gweilo fans researched and came up with images of the places he described.  Though not as vivid as Martin’s description and from that of my imagination, they somehow filled in gaps and completed the jigsaw puzzle.

http://gwulo.com/martin-booth-golden-boy-gweilo

IMG_2095DIA120xH80mm, Hong Kong

White Glazed Stoneware Tea Bowl
with double handle

POTTERY ART BY CHRIS LO
MOUNTAIN FOLKCRAFT

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DIA100xH80mm, Hong Kong

Bubble Glazed Stoneware
Tea bowl

POTTERY ART BY CHRIS LO
MOUNTAIN FOLKCRAFT

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We are honored to have a series of work by ceramic artist Chris Lo for Mountain Folkcraft.

Chris Lo is a local ceramic artist.  Graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 1990. Chris has been specializing in ceramics since 1993.  Three years later, he founded Cobo Ceramic Workshop and continue to explore the relationship among man, time and space which are well expressed in his work.  Chris has participated in numerous exhibitions in Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, Japan and Europe. His works are collected by the Hong Kong Museum of Art, the Hong Kong Heritage Museum, the National Museum of Chinese History (Beijing) and private collectors.

Catch the Collide / Converge exhibition to see Chris and other’s ceramic sculpture before it closes on the thur the 28th.

Watch this space for the following days to see the collection!

Print

“In the beginning, all is without form and void.  Subsequent to collision, interaction and convergence, order is created; form and cognition appeared.  That’s how our story begins.

Seven individuals; seven entangled minds converged through clay and expressed in one exhibition.

Akin to many urbanites, we live with heavy workloads and pressure in everyday life.  Pottery cleanses our souls; mends cracks of regrets left behind as we grow up; clears tangled thoughts; awakens the seed of creativity buried deep within us.  It nourishes our lives.”

COLLIDE / CONVERGE

14 – 28.08.2014
(tue – sun, 13:00 – 18:00)

Pottery Workshop Gallery
G/F, 24 Upper Station Street,
Sheung Wan,
Hong Kong

nutnut

L300xW250xH150mm, Seychelles

A box that is smooth and polished like on the outside and full of texture in the inside.  A container that is made out of the shell of the Coco de Mer, the largest seed of any plant in the world.

The first time I heard about Coco de Mer, was through a radio commercial when I was a child.  In this cough syrup commercial, the Coco de Mer was referred to as African deep sea coconut, my imagination went wild – an African jungle at the bottom of the ocean where none of the animal would cough.  Then when I am older, occasionally I would be told they are in the content of an exotic soup, it is as hard as wood and taste of nothing in particular.

Only in this research did I realized that they are the seed of a palm tree (not a coconut at all) and only exist in thePraslin islands of the Seychelles (not a underwater jungle).

coconut lid container

DIA130xH110, DIA120xH90, DIA130xH60mm, Hong Kong

This is my newly completed pottery project, continuing with the Something Old Something New theme and the Lotus Leaf Vessel project.  I set out to make containers for these antique coconut lids which were featured on the blog a while back.  They are beautifully carved with the word “longevity” and the 8 lucky treasures and on the back are sealed with a lead lid.

The containers are glazed with bronze oxide on the exterior to match with the golden longevity symbol on the lids.  They will be perfect for offering sweets and other goodies over the Chinese New Year.

coconut lids

A Beijing Opera’s adaptation to the Christmas song – Jingle Bells
its SO “something old something new” that I would like to share with you on X’mas day.

Jingle bells, jingle bells,
Jingle all the way.
Oh! what fun
it is to ride
In a one-horse open sleigh.

金溝杯、
金溝杯,
金溝歐了魏,
歐華芳,
一次鑾,
引了萬壑收奔雷

The Chinese lyric has nothing with the musical instrument  jingle bell and an open sleigh, but a war in the period of  Bai Chao  (400AD).  At the place of Jin Gou,  after a few drinks, the leader of Jin Gou attacked Wei and Ou.  He then went to Wei’s Jin Luan Dian palace.  This led Wei’s commander Wan He to counter attack like then thunder to claim back the lost land.

The new issue of Ha Wan Po has arrived!

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.

And guess what Mountain Folkcraft is featured in this issue.
Come and get your copy now!

H370xW260mm, China

Still haven’t made plans for your X’mas holidays?

The Jin Ze Arts Centre is offering an intensive weaving workshop over the festive season.
A joyful course in the tranquil setting will be a nice change from X’mas turkey and hours in front of the telly.

To find out more about the event:
http://www.jinze.org/events-sub.php?serial=1

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