Workshop | Utensils Casting with Fishpond-mud!
From November to December in 2020
Connect everyday life with metalworking; fabricate daily utensils with sand casting technique.
In this retreat from my studio to Tai Sang Wai in the northwest part of the New Territories, I had the chance to lead students for a drawing session and teach them how to transform their landscape paintings into metal wares. This occasion allowed me to do some sketches and observe the rural beauty as well as to gain knowledge of birds. We also managed to collect crops from the field, beautiful but discarded objects, and bits and pieces related to this magnificent place. We transformed these found objects into little utensils through the sand-casting method: some made dishes for snacks, others made chopstick holders. But all these objects appeared irrelevant in front of the boundless sky and the rugged mountain.
Crops wither and rotten as they leave the land; dilapidated buildings collapse as time goes by. I suppose the casting technique is an alternative to photography as it eternises objects in their best or decaying state.
I concur with the saying of the friends from the Hong Kong Bird Watching Society, “No matter clay, metals or our bodies, they all originate from Nature". I am glad that my workshop ended satisfactorily from collecting mud in the fishponds to cast objects by hand with sand moulds. I am also delighted by this opportunity in exploring the unusual way of metalworking.
Artist | Chan Po Fung
Started with small metal as his creative media since 2012, CHAN focuses on the art forms of material transformation and mechanism creations. He explores the relationships between individuals and societies via his artworks; meanwhile, he takes parts in different community art projects — as a way to seek the connection between craftsmanship and the community. His brand Playback Concept is further a way to practice a sustainable and autonomous integration of different craftsmanship.