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Published: 27.08.2019

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The Metalsmithing Studio merged the two worlds and cultures with the intention of planting the ideas and the knowledge Kezhen Wang brought from the West in China and to adapt them.
Nanjing University of the Arts.
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The Metalsmithing Studio of Nanjing University of the Arts (NUA) was established in 2006 by Kezhen Wang when he returned from his Master’s studies at Birmingham City University School of Jewellery, England and is one of the earliest metalsmithing studios built in Chinese academies.
The studio merged the two worlds and cultures with the intention of planting the ideas and the knowledge he brought from the West in China and to adapt them. As co-head of the Jewellery and Silversmithing Department at NUA, Kezhen Wang transmits his experience and thoughts to his students. While teaching and transforming the hand skills of western metalsmithing, NUA Metal Studio also pays attention to the inheritance research of traditional metal art. Many times, in the fields and villages from Yunnan to Tibet, Mr. Wang and his students have undertaken field study visits to explore the local folk art and craft ecology. They brought the traditional crafts from different provinces of China back into the studio. They received and recorded the traditions of 5000 years Chinese metalwork when elaborate metal vessels and the first jewellery were produced. Above all, they have the ambition to try to define Chinese contemporary jewellery and metalsmithing as a new rising power on the world stage.

From 2008 to 2016, the Metal Studio was part of the Jewellery subject discipline in NUA. During the period, the knowledge structure of metal art and craft has gradually developed its strengths in the process of teaching and research in the studio. International exchange workshops have regularly taken place and domestic practice and communication have gradually expanded in-depth and breadth. Such events are part of the experimental philosophy of the Metals Studio and the much improved outcomes are the results of that. These researches and experiments made NUA Metal Studio not only paying attention to traditional continuity but also formal innovation, not only pursuing the rigor of engineering technology but also focusing on theoretical research, not only consult Chinese traditional craft culture but also rely on the contemporary craftsmanship.

In the second half of 2016, in order to adapt to the planning and adjustment of the teaching work of the college, NUA Metal Studio began to provide systematic courses to some students who are interested in using metal as a medium for undergraduate graduation. At this time, NUA Metals Studio became a separate department of the design college in NUA.

From the initial subsidiary courses, the department has now developed into an independent major. To a certain extent, Metal Studio in NUA is a microcosm of the development track of contemporary metalsmithing in Chinese academe. The evolution of Metal Studio in NUA just reflects in the past ten years, the domestic process of changing the concept of metalsmithing from traditional to modern. It can also provide evidence of the results of individuals studying contemporary craft overseas and returning with new skills and perspectives to China in the past decade.

Teachers

Kezhen Wang, lecturer, 1021784727@qq.com.
Chao Wang, lecturer, nymetal@126.com.

Events      View / hide events

2019:
Award  13 Mar 2019 - 17 Mar 2019  Talente Competition 2019.
2017:
Exhibition  16 Sep 2017 - 25 Nov 2017  The Other Mountain - Contemporary Jewellery from China.
Wolverhampton Art Gallery.
Exhibition  26 Aug 2017 - 23 Sep 2017  New Jewellery from China.

Publications      View / hide publications

Catalogue:  New Jewellery from China. Gallery Funaki:  Melbourne,  2017
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Zilin Liu. Object: Pien, 2014. Silver. 7.5 x 7 x 12.5 cm. Photo by: Zilin Liu. Zilin Liu
Object: Pien, 2014
Silver
7.5 x 7 x 12.5 cm
Photo by: Zilin Liu
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Kezhen Wang. Object: Rice Instrument, 2016. Silver. 12 x 11 x 8.5 cm. Photo by: Kezhen Wang. Kezhen Wang
Object: Rice Instrument, 2016
Silver
12 x 11 x 8.5 cm
Photo by: Kezhen Wang
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Kezhen Wang. Object: Rice Instrument, 2016. Silver. 8.5 x 7 x 10 cm. Photo by: Kezhen Wang. Kezhen Wang
Object: Rice Instrument, 2016
Silver
8.5 x 7 x 10 cm
Photo by: Kezhen Wang
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Chao Wang. Object: Dissociation, 2014. Silver, brass, copper.. 18 x 18 x 5 cm. Photo by: Chao Wang. Chao Wang
Object: Dissociation, 2014
Silver, brass, copper.
18 x 18 x 5 cm
Photo by: Chao Wang
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Dong Liu. Object: Table View, 2014. Silver, copper.. 8.5 x 7 x 30 cm. Photo by: Dong Liu. Dong Liu
Object: Table View, 2014
Silver, copper.
8.5 x 7 x 30 cm
Photo by: Dong Liu
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Chao Wang. Object: Object, jewelry, object, 2014. Silver, wood.. 18 x 20 x 5 cm. Photo by: Chao Wang. Chao Wang
Object: Object, jewelry, object, 2014
Silver, wood.
18 x 20 x 5 cm
Photo by: Chao Wang
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Yongsheng Cai. Object: Permute, 2017. Silver. 3.5 x 3.5 x 5.5 cm. Photo by: Yongsheng Cai. Yongsheng Cai
Object: Permute, 2017
Silver
3.5 x 3.5 x 5.5 cm
Photo by: Yongsheng Cai
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Yingze Chen. Object: Zen master, 2014. Copper, crystal.. 11 x 8 x 18 cm. Photo by: Yingze Chen. Yingze Chen
Object: Zen master, 2014
Copper, crystal.
11 x 8 x 18 cm
Photo by: Yingze Chen
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Hengfeng Zhou. Object: Eternal Flow, 2018. Copper, concrete.. 8 x 8 x 30 cm. Photo by: Hengfeng Zhou. Hengfeng Zhou
Object: Eternal Flow, 2018
Copper, concrete.
8 x 8 x 30 cm
Photo by: Hengfeng Zhou
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Shuyao Hong. Object: Standing Vessels, 2018. Silver, copper.. 14.7 x 11.2 x 16.5 cm. Photo by: Shuyao Hong. Shuyao Hong
Object: Standing Vessels, 2018
Silver, copper.
14.7 x 11.2 x 16.5 cm
Photo by: Shuyao Hong
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Yinlong Qiao. Object: Water, 2013. Silver. 5 x 5 x 7 cm. Photo by: Yinlong Qiao. Yinlong Qiao
Object: Water, 2013
Silver
5 x 5 x 7 cm
Photo by: Yinlong Qiao
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Yikai Xu. Object: Silverware, 2013. Silver. 7 x 7 x 18 cm. Photo by: Yikai Xu. Yikai Xu
Object: Silverware, 2013
Silver
7 x 7 x 18 cm
Photo by: Yikai Xu
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Haojun Zhou. Object: Cups, 2018. Silver. 7 x 7 x 7 cm. Photo by: Haojun Zhou. Haojun Zhou
Object: Cups, 2018
Silver
7 x 7 x 7 cm
Photo by: Haojun Zhou
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Zhengqiu Yan. Object: Artlessness Vessels, 2018. Silver, copper.. 10 x 10 x 15 cm. Photo by: Zhengqiu Yan. Zhengqiu Yan
Object: Artlessness Vessels, 2018
Silver, copper.
10 x 10 x 15 cm
Photo by: Zhengqiu Yan
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