The Making of “Conversion” 2004

Preparing clay with iron oxide for skin color

Preparing clay with iron oxide for skin color

Buddah and gun 018

Start with hands

Start with hands

Buddah and gun 067

Outline is done.

Buddah and gun 010Buddah and gun 026Buddah and gun 030Buddah and gun 036Buddah and gun 045Buddah and gun 054Buddah and gun 063

Lift up with clay stand for other details

Lift up with clay stand for other details

Buddah and gun 101

Change position again

Change position again

Buddah and gun 112Buddah and gun 118Buddah and gun 127

Cut for hollowing

Cut for hollowing

Buddah and gun 140

Digging

Digging

Check thickness

Check thickness

Cut the other side

Cut the other side

Buddah and gun 151Buddah and gun 152

Cut again

Cut again

Buddah and gun 174

Cover the holes after hollowing

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Second part

Second part

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Building a clay support

Building a clay support

Buddah and gun 2 003

Join them together

Join them together

More details

More details

Buddah and gun 2 034

Let it dry slowly

Let it dry slowly

Ready for bisque

Ready for bisque

Buddah and gun 2 140

In the kiln safely

In the kiln safely

Apply brown iron oxide after bisque

Apply brown iron oxide after bisque

Transparent glaze as well

Transparent glaze as well

Buddah and gun 2 189

Ready for Hi-firing

Ready for Hi-firing

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Remove the clamps

Remove the clamps

Release the handles

Release the handles

Buddah and gun 2 227

Apply gold lustre after hi-firing. Then fire to 635 ℃

Apply gold lustre after hi-firing. Then fire to 635 ℃

It is done!

It is done!

Need to remove the clay support very carefully

Need to remove the clay support very carefully

It works!!!

It works!!!

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Although killing takes place every day, we know that somewhere in this world, there are people who are extending a helping hand to others, working hard to save lives. I believe that violence, hatred, arrogance and fear will finally be converted into the positive energy of love, peace, eternity and compassion. The evil spirit will be enlightened and the world’s fate will then be totally changed. This work is dedicated to those who strive for peace.

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About Johnson Tsang

Sculptor based in Hong Kong, China
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19 Responses to The Making of “Conversion” 2004

  1. this is amazing. and i still don’t understand how the joined bit supports the hands and the gun. i think you must be a magician.

  2. treesceramic says:

    You made a great job! I love the intentions behind this beautiful statue!

  3. samo says:

    But i think that it’s too fragile, and it could be broken easily!!

  4. Alexis says:

    I’ll admit I didn’t understand it until you explained it, but the message is really beautiful, and I love the way you expressed it. The amount of detail you put into everything is awe inspiring: the wrinkles in the skin, the flow of the melted metal, and all of the painting along with everything else I didn’t mention; it’s absolutely breathtaking.

  5. Binh says:

    Amazing — just like the ancient saying “Drop the butcher knife, become Buddha”

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  7. mizzmoxie says:

    Reblogged this on I Make Stuff And I Talk A lot and commented:
    HOLY WOW.

  8. Daniel says:

    What kind of clay body are you using? And what is supporting the weight of the hands and gun other than the clay? Or if there is nothing but clay bridging the two pieces I’m truly dumbfounded as potter.

    • That is only one stoneware clay body. This piece of work is still in good condition. But I have to say I’ll never do something like that again. Every move was extremely risky.

      • Daniel says:

        Just tell people it’s site specific and you’ll never have to risk it again.

  9. CCC says:

    inspiring and beautifully done!

  10. Brad Fair says:

    Very well done. I’d buy a replica of this in an instant.

  11. Eddy says:

    wow this is truely amazing. how long did the whole process take you? How did you glaze the part where the support touches the hands? How did you remove the structure did you have to break it?

    • It took me about 2 months to finish. There is no glaze on hands. The supporting frame is removable, one of the horizontal bar in front can be released so that the whole structure can move backwards.

  12. barkl says:

    Breathtakingly beautiful.

  13. clare elliott says:

    Thank you for detailing your process….as a fellow sculptor,I am fascinated by your technique and the journey to the finished product….this is a gift.Thank you again.

  14. Lisa says:

    I have just stumbled across your blog by accident. To say I am deeply touched by your work is an understatement. Sincerely, thank you.

  15. Nuyan Oransal says:

    Such a talanted,great artist you are..Compliments.

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