Wallace Chan: bringing stones to life

Updated: 2016-03-11 12:04

By Hezi Jiang in New York(China Daily USA)

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Wallace Chan: bringing stones to life

Secret Abyss necklace. Photos provided to China Daily

"As I was carving in water it meant I could not see the details so I carved stroke by stroke," he said, "taking it out of the water and checking to see it was okay then putting it back in the water to do another stroke.

"It was a long process but I entered a zone where my eyes, my heart and my hands were moving as one. Then I could carve in the water for two or three minutes without looking or checking."

Chan said he loves to experiment. He likes new technology and old tradition. He enjoys reading about physics, chemistry and philosophy.

Chan said that sometimes he will read a line in a book and sit there for a day to live between the words.

"I want my work to reflect my times. When people see a piece, they should be able to tell that it was made in 2016," said Chan. "I don't use 18K gold. I use titanium or porcelain. It makes the crafts more contemporary."

"I still dream. I dream about cutting the best gems. I dream about myself disappearing among the gems. I dream about if I was a gem, what would I look like? If a jeweler carves me into a beautiful shape, would I be hurt or would I be happy?" Chan said with a calm smile.