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October
Exhibition showcases Raku works by Chan Kam-shing
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Over 100 pieces of Raku work created by local ceramics artist Chan Kam-shing will be featured at the Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre from next Thursday (October 28) to November 14.

A selection of Chan's works is also on display at Exit J, Jackson Lobby, MTR Central Station until December 3. Admission is free.

In the world of Raku, mutual cooperation is important. Artists use the same kiln, exchange glaze recipes, and share experiences and techniques, but they create in different styles. Therefore, Raku is also an art of expression.

The variance in the materials and baking temperatures often cause cracking or breaking of pottery which always give pieces unexpected effects.

With extensive experience of over two decades in ceramic creation, Chan Kam-shing is skilful in developing various Raku art techniques including earthenware, stoneware and wood firing.

He once said, "Ceramics is a humble media. The five elements: metal, wood, water, fire and earth are the keys to a successful piece. Ceramists should be modest in order to have a successful Raku piece as there are so many unknown factors contributing to the success."

The works by Chan are not only characterised as a union of the artist's hand and nature, but also bear unique properties of their own: rich texture, sense of antiquity and simple shape These qualities render a feeling of strength, generosity and vitality.

The exhibition, 12th of the Artists in the Neighbourhood Scheme, is organised by the Art Promotion Office (APO) of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department. The scheme is also a partnership project with the Mass Transit Railway Corporation, aiming to promote local visual arts to the public.

Free guided tours will be offered to the public and school groups. For bookings, contact the Community Art Team of the APO on 3101 2712 or 3101 2713.

To learn more about the artist and his work, visit the website, http://www.artistneighbourhood.info/.

The Visual Art Centre is located at 7A Kennedy Road, Central, Hong Kong. Its Exhibition Hall is open from 10am to 9pm and closed on Tuesday.

Ends/Friday, October 22, 2004
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