The brief

To create a series of objects in clay and metal that respond to the theme of ‘holding time’. As humans, we not only live with ‘time’ but also endow it with unique perspectives of a ‘time’. Multiculturalism is the symbol of contemporary human time. Different voices are made through experience of cultural differences, especially between the East and the West. Ring the Rings was created to transform this perspective of co-existence of various cultures into contemporary jewellery practices.

Student reflection

Ring the Rings is a series of three wearable musical instruments whose shapes are inspired by Chinese ancient instruments ‘Bianzhong’ (编钟) and utensils ‘Ding’ (鼎). Despite being conceptually driven by Chinese heritage, the fabrication of the project is strongly influenced by westernized contemporary metalsmithing skills. It emphasizes the idea of ‘holding time’ by interpreting shared humanity and claiming a co-existence of Eastern and Western culture.

Haozhe (Harris) Wang is a student in the Bachelor of Design (Honours).

This project was created for an assessment in the course ‘Design Honours Research Project 2’. 

Acknowledgement of Country

UNSW School of Art & Design stands on an important place of learning and exchange first occupied by the Bidjigal and Gadigal peoples.

We acknowledge the Bidjigal and Gadigal peoples as the Traditional Custodians of the land that our students and staff share, create and operate on. We pay our respects to Elders past and present and extend this respect to all First Nations peoples across Australia. Sovereignty has never been ceded.