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Clark E

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  1. My wife, Angela is designing rings for a new book she is planning to publish next year in China. She is doing this with the help of a number of different jade carvers across China in different cities, the plan is to use roughly 500 different jade ring designs highlighting the different carving styles of China's master carvers. These few examples are carved in three different types of stone, Jadeite, Du Shan Jade and Xinmi Jade.
  2. Thanks Billy, it's wonderful feeling all the energy here and seeing everyones beautiful work.
  3. I mentioned in my introduction that I would post some pictures of an ice carving instillation in Texas at the Astro Dome, by a friend of mine, his name is Wang Qi (sounds like "juan chi").
  4. Dan, its Agarwood from China, a few very specific types of wood produce a resin in defense response to a type of fungal infection. The conditions are very specific and so the wood is very rare and highly prized.
  5. Dan, My wife and friends showing their admiration for the wood, it's called "che qu" sorry I do not know the english word for it.
  6. I thought the ivory and bone carvers might enjoy seeing this ivory fan. My wife collected this a long time ago, it's Quing dynasty 18th century.
  7. hi Janel, thank you for all you do here to help this exchange of information and ideas, very nice work and forum. Clark
  8. Actually Dan, Clark is a family name for us too. Family came over from Ireland to California back in the 1840's. They settled on the coast and dairy farmed in a place that looked like home. I'm laid up with a separated shoulder (again) took a tumble on a trail yesterday morning mountain biking and am typing with one hand. I looked at your pictures and your koi fish is very graceful I like it. Wood is a nice medium that excites the senses in a way that other materials can't. There is a wood in China they use for special objects anything from small carvings to temple beams, it it very hard and has a wonderful smell, if you take a small sliver of the wood and burn so it produces smoke you get a smell like incense. I was in Shan gra la (not sue if i'm spelling that right) last year a looked inside a door in the temple and they had a room full of this wood, I guess mostly for carving small objects.
  9. Hi Lachlan, the pictures are taken from books written by a friend of mine, Yu Wei Li, in China, she gave me the pictures to post on my website. She has writter at least 8 books by now, intorducing these living master carvers. There are around 50 of these artists she has written about with many more pictures of their work. These artists are not well known outside of China and their work is generally unavailable outside of private collections and museaums and mostof that work lies in private collections unavilable to the public. These books are only available in China, but if you are interested I can see if they can send some over. Clark
  10. Hi, I’m Clark and new to this group and wanted to introduce myself. I’m a ceramic artist and began working in clay back in the early 1970’s while in college. I've was introduced into jade by my wife, she has had a passion for jade for many years and in China has had tremendous access because of work and friends. I have been on a crash course for the last 7 years or so, meeting artists, seeing studios and looking at jade... tons of jade of all types, most of it really good stuff. I learned a lot, but also have a very lot to learn. My exposure to carving is almost exclusively from China. Most of my friends carve jade and some carve other materials, one of my friends is best known for his ice carving and he is responsible for a large project in northern China each year where they create a small city in ice, I also have pictures of a large ice carving project he did at the Astro Dome in Huston. He is living and teaching in the SF bay area and we are planning to do some ceramic artwork together, I’ll throw some forms for him and he wants to paint and carve the outside. These are a few pictures of my ceramic art and one in progress I started about a year ago and have stalled on. You can see a little more of my work and work from my friends and some studios on my web site www.thejadedealer.com. I will also post more pictures that I hope you find interesting, soon. Tea pot with carved koi fish. This is stoneware 34 inches tall thrown and altered. Raku fired 36 inches tall thrown and altered This bowl is around 5 inches tall cone 10 under glaze decoration Something I started a while back, the figures were formed from the inside while wet and carved on the outside for detail. Clark
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