Bronze China is a cooperative project between ShiKai Tseng and Chinese craftsmen in Henan(China) which started on Jan. 2012.
By applying traditional craft techniques, we aim to produce new and usable contemporary objects rather than the common replicas of the ancient pieces, which is what they are used to do.
The project has two goals:
- To let other designers and companies know about the craftsmen in this bronze village and their great skill and production ability.
- There are about 200 companies in this village, al focusing on pructs for the souvenir markey. To avoid this ruinous competition, we presented them a different type of project in order to create diversity in the local business environment.
Through the development of this project we investigate the combination of materials like wax and copper alloys. We inmmersed ourselves into every single process with the local craftsmen to learn their techniques. In the end we created five objects - lamps (2 types), mirrors (3 sizes), door stops, plates, and containers.
This project is currently going on.