What kind of gem would the combination of Ko Si-Chi’s photography with Franz’s porcelain reveal?
The Sea in Golden Light is one of Ko Si-Chi’s classics. In 1988, after having a few drinks with friends, the photographer went up to the mountains alone to take pictures of the moon. At dawn the rising sun turned the sea into a mix of black and gold, dotted with several shing boats and shermen, which in turn added vitality to the scene.
Featured in the United Nations’ calendar “Water Protection 1994” this widely acclaimed photographic work was personally chosen by Ko Si-Chi for his joint project with Franz. At rst, he felt insecure as he was clueless as to what the nal work would look like once the one-dimensional image had been turned into a three-dimensional porcelain piece. However, the nal product amazed the photographer, who said, “Its form metaphorically shows the enormity of the sea, with wave-like golden patterns giving my photographic work a new dimension.”
The vase’s designer, Lee, revealed that The Sea in Golden Light presents an undefinable, enigmatic feeling, making it difficult for the design team to create a porcelain piece based on the original scenery. Nevertheless, they managed to come up with an innovative design. To demonstrate the vastness of the ocean, the porcelain piece takes a concave form along its vertical line and takes a convex shape along its horizontal line, with increasingly less shape contrast towards the ends, thus giving an illusion of endless space. Moreover, as it has a concave surface, the piece can focus the attention of the viewer.
According to the sculptor, it was quite di cult to present in relief the alteration of the light and shadows as re ected on the sea surface by the rising sun. It was an unprecedented challenge to sculpt patterns recreating the grains of sand, the waves, and the interplay of light and shadow featured in the original photograph.
The porcelain piece, seemingly only in black and gold, is actually a rich pictorial tapestry painted in shades of brown and yellow that enhance the gold color to create a dynamic interplay between light and shadow. Spray and brush painting patterns, along with sculpted reliefs, give the black expanse a sense of perspective and depth.
Photography captures the touching moments Porcelain immortalizes these classic images the transformation from a two dimensional photograph to a three dimensional porcelain artwork with delicate relief sculpting and rich colors captures the classic scenery and subtle light and shadow of "The Sea in Golden Light".
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