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Gifts of the Mandarin Tree

Collaboration with Steinbeisser
Winter 2023


gifts from the mandarin tree, 2023: Forged Copper, Tanghulu Mandarins, Salts, Sugar featured in MOLD Magazine
gifts from the mandarin tree, 2023: Forged Copper, Tanghulu Mandarins, Salts, Sugar featured in MOLD Magazine
gifts from the mandarin tree, 2023: Forged Copper, Tanghulu Mandarins, Salts, Sugar featured in MOLD Magazine
How can the process of creating cutlery deepen our ties to rituals, inheritance, and memories that honor both life and death?

Influenced by my pilgrimage back to Fuzhou, China in 2013. The cutlery is inspired by the mandarin’s pebbled soft skin and made with copper forged to a rosy orange, is textured with a chasing hammer. An acid wash removes oxidation after heating the copper and is food-safe once washed. This set of three utensils represents a lineage of generations and stages of growth. It is brought to an altar composed of citrus-baked salts, candied Tanghulu fruits, and preserved citrus in an ongoing process of decay. The citric acid slowly digests the copper as one slowly consumes from its surface.

I noticed that there were often mandarins, polished–sat closely by a framed picture of my grandmother. The sacred site of the Xichan temple is a Buddhist temple located on the slope of Mount Yi in Fuzhou, China. 

Table to altar, altar to table.

Read more in MOLD Magazine.