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Andy Chen

Corian Sake set with inlay

My parents had a couple of porcelain sake sets when I was a youngster and I was impressed by their elegance. When I decided to make a set recently I thought it would be nice to inlay it, which is something I have been itching to do ever since I saw Stephen Hatcher's demo a couple of years ago. His work is so stunning and inspiring. However, I decided to use organic material instead of stone for the inlay. The tree branches are mixed saw dust from mahogany and ebony and the flowers are ground-up dried crepe myrtle flower petals mixed with white Corian powder

Corian Sake set with inlay
Andy Chen, Sep 18, 2011
    • Clemens
      I've never seen anything like this. Absolutely stunning. It's difficult to even imagine the work that went into it.
    • Bernie Hrytzak
      This brings back fond memories of my many business trips to Japan! Was the vessel a glue-up or solid and how did you hollow-form it?
      Well done Andy!
    • KurtB

      Turning of the Week, 09/19/11
      AAW Home Page Photo
    • Bill Pottorf
      Andy, congratulations on the cover again. This corian sake set is beyond words of praise from my mouth. Stunning is all that comes to mind. Great work Andy.
    • Andy Chen
      Thanks for all your kind words, guys and thank you, Kurt, for picking it for the Turning of the Week.

      Bernie, Corian usually comes only in 1/2" sheets. The shot glasses are solid pieces glued together (in horizontal layers) and turned to shape and the pitcher is segmented. I made a template for the outside of the shots to assure unifomity. (The 8 shots weigh from 21.1 g to 22.6 g with a mean of 22.2 0.5 g.) The pitcher was turned in two halves to nearly final thickness (~3/32") before being joined together. I neglected to mention in the description that the ring on the neck of the pitcher is malachite inlaid all through the thickness of the wall. I also neglected to mention the dimensions. The pitcher is 3" d x 6" h and shots 1.75" d x 1.5" h.
    • Betty Scarpino
      Andy, these sake sets are breathtakingly beautiful!
    • charlie knighton
      very nice, congratulations TofW
    • John Van Domelen
      Awesome set Andy, after seeing these in person I was hoping you would post here for all to see. Gratz!
    • Mike Gibson
      Exceptional work, Andy! Looks even more wonderful with the additions of the design on the platter and more cups!! Loved experiencing this piece at SWAT!
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