The Gallery by
The Gallery by SOIL is dedicated to presenting the art of lacquer from Asia.
It is probably the first gallery in Hong Kong which brings together lacquer masters and artists of diverse cultures, blending the traditional with the contemporary to showcase variety in the discipline.
Since 2012, SOIL has devoted most of our efforts and resources to the design and research of this art form.
Inlays of shell
As known as Raden in Japanese, a shell, especially mother-of-pearl, inlay technique is commonly used for lacquerware decoration. It is believed that the raden technique was introduced from Tang dynasty China to Nara period Japan.
Shells are worn down into several thickness on a whetstone or grinder and cut into shapes, then pasted or inlayed on a wood or lacquered surface, and polished.