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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!

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“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

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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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Following on from yesterday’s blog,
hidden by the entrance of the peculiar Parc Monceau is a very fine collection of Asia Art.

A collection of more than 5000 objects collected, between September 1871 to January 1873, by Henri Cernuschi.  It will be some task even for today’s standard, when in the 1870s there were a lack of communication, no planes, internet as such.  Amongst the collection is a 4m tall bronze Amida Buddha.

7 avenue Vélasquez
75008 Paris

(Closed Mondays)

http://www.cernuschi.paris.fr/en/home

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bronze buddha

jean nouvel

green wall

I just had a short holiday in Paris and finally visited the breath taking collection of the Musee Du Quai Branly.

From the Gilles Clément garden to the green wall by Patrick Blanc, from Jean Nouvel’s architecture to its chic mud house interior and needless to say about this collection, the whole place is a piece of art.

king glele statueking gbehanzin statue

Solomon island fish

dog

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One could easily spend a good afternoon there browsing the surperbly presented collection, just the Africian section could endure for more than a couple of hours.  Afterwards treat yourself to a meal at the Bon Accueil which is just behind the museum.

Musee Du Quai Branly
37, quai Branly
75007 Paris
(close monday)

http://www.quaibranly.fr/en/

You can now also find the Han Wan Po at Mountain Folkcraft.

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.

Its a very interested paper and we love it, come and get a copy!

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