About the piece
David Huang doesn’t think of his vessels as being an expression of his voice alone. Rather he see them as the product of a conversation among the tools, materials, and himself in search of beauty. As his real desire is to achieve a timeless beauty, one individuals from any point in history might connect to, it makes sense to be listening to the voices of simple but timeless tools. The humble hammer is his prime tool. He supply the power and it bends, stretches, compresses, and moves the metal according to the particular shape, weight, and hardness of it’s head. The forming stakes he works upon, offer their strength to resist the hammer, and
their curves to impart a controlled form. The voices of the hammer and stake are a harmony that work best together.
That primal elements known as fire and water play a critical role in creating the vessels. They’re transformative, changing the structure of the metal. Fire is the tool for softening, making the work more malleable, or even liquid in the case of soldering. The quenching in water sets this new state and brings the temperature back into the range human hands can tolerate.
About the artist
DAVID HUANG was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan in 1971. During college, Huang went from drawing and jewelry making to crafting hundreds of handmade journals with luxurious flourishes such as metalwork hinges and tiny compartments for hiding pencils and other unexpected gems.
The turning point came with a class assignment on furniture making circa 1996. Huang was struck with the inspiration to create five distinct planters.Using techniques he had picked up as a young jeweler, he endeavored to raise a series of vessels of varying sizes, coaxing and hammering sheets of copper into three-dimensional forms. He combined the planters with simple wooden shelves and greenery, but in the end Huang’s metalwork was the highlight of the assemblage.