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HO Ka Man 何嘉文 applies kanshitsu techniques to create so called bodiless lacquerware using plaster mold to create the form. He pastes linen with a mixture of deep sea soil and natural lacquer on it. This process will be repeated until it has reached a desired thickness. The rough core will then be removed when the lacquered linen part is solidified forming a lightweight hollow body to create these vessels.

Lacquer Chawan Tea Bowl by HO Ka Man #CraftedinHK

  • Lacquer craft in China has a long history. The oldest lacquerware discovered dates back to the Warring States period (403-221 B.C.). the craft has been transferred to Japan, Korea, and other parts of Southeast Asia. The value of a piece of lacquerware only begins with the materials used to make it. A high quality piece of lacquerware requires the skills of several different elements: lacquer, layers, core materials, decoration, colours, design and process.

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