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.



Day 1

Introduction & studio practice

Sand-mold casting technique introduction and demonstration

Video about bronze-casting

Studio practice

Day 2

Morning lectures

(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

Afternoon lectures

(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

Day 3

Studio practice: Mold making

Day 4

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: regarding workshop content. You can also contact the workshop organizer Dr. Sarah Ng (email:


*This workshop is organized by AVA of HKBU and supported by HKU.