Date: 29 May – 1 June 2018 (4 days)
Time: 9:30am – 6:00pm
Venue: Kai Tak Campus, Academy of Visual Arts (AVA), Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU)
Language: English (assisted with Cantonese/ Putonghua)
Open to all AVA staff and students, and HKU members (quota: 12-15, successful applicant will be notified by email before 22 May). Selection applies if registration exceeds the quota; results to be announced in due course.)
Fee: free tuition; material fee applies if participants would like to take away the work after the workshop (silicon bronze $200/kg)
Deadline: 20 May 2018
About the workshop
Piece-mold technique has been used since the inception of bronze casting in early China. Piece-mold technique is a bronze casting method which is still commonly used in current metal casting industries, especially for simple designs.
This summer intensive workshop aims to introduce one of the main piece-mold techniques: sand-mold casting, through lectures, studio practice as well as a round-table discussion. It offers participants an all-round exposure from theory to practice, which includes knowledge about traditional bronze-casting techniques and their history in China, cutting-edge research on relics (metalwork) and recent metal-casting practices in present China. Each participant will create one bronze object using piece-mold casting technique. Contemporary technology and scientific research related to material analysis such as XRF (X-ray fluorescence) technique will also be introduced and demonstrated during the workshop.
Introduction & studio practice
Sand-mold casting technique introduction and demonstration
Video about bronze-casting
(1) Ritual, Relic and Relevant? The glorious Chinese bronze age and its legacy
Prof. Quentin Parker
(2) Ritual or Lethal? Metalwork wear observations on Chinese Shang weapons in the British Museum (About use-wear analysis and some background information of Shang dynasty and previous bronze research)
Dr Cao Qin
(3) Introduction and demonstration on the use of XRF in metal analysis and conservation
Dr. Gesa Schwantes
(4) Sand-mold casting in China – Study in Shunde Iron casting foundry
Mr. Parry Ling
Round table discussion
Studio practice: Mold making
Studio practice: Bronze pouring and conclusion of the workshop
Confirmed Speakers and Moderator
- Cao Qin
Curator, Chinese Collections, East and Central Asia, Dept. of World Cultures, National Museum of Scotland
- Quentin A Parker, FRAS, FASA
Associate Dean (Global), Faculty of Science;
Director, Laboratory for Space Research, University of Hong Kong (HKU)
- Gesa Schwantes
Director of the Architectural Conservation Laboratory (ACLab), Faculty of Architecture, HKU
- Parry Ling
Workshop Instructor, Studio Demonstrator & Technician, AVA, HKBU
- Sarah S. W. Ng
Workshop Organizer and Moderator, Research Assistant Professor, AVA, HKBU
Interested parties please do the online registration by 20 May 5:00 pm.
Please feel free to contact Mr. Manfred Siu by email: firstname.lastname@example.org regarding workshop content. You can also contact the workshop organizer Dr. Sarah Ng (email: Sarahng@hkbu.edu.hk).
*This workshop is organized by AVA of HKBU and supported by HKU.