Huge diversity in Taiwan’s population paves the way for the abundance of metal crafts culture. Metals were used to create daily necessities related to folk rituals.
To track down the metal crafts in Taiwan, there are wearable pieces in gold, silverware related to rituals, brass musical instruments, knives and tin pots as well as incense burners and utensils used in rituals. Each of them serves as specimen to the Taiwanese folk culture.
Looking back at the metal crafts in Taiwan, tradition and innovation mingle in its vein. Local artisans resort to learning from their predecessors in terms of SOP implementation. Innovative ideas and latest techniques from abroad are introduced along the way.
Take Taiwan’s young talents for example. Hsiao Meng SU tries to blend in modern expressive vocabularies into her tradition-ridden works. Ching-Chih WU, on the other hand, clearly expresses his acute senses towards nature in his refined and classical works.
Translation: Eliana CHEN
Photos: 好映像攝影有限公司, Hsiao Meng SU