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Following on from her first book Coveted: Art and Innovation in High Jewelry, Melanie Grant examines the evolution of jewellery as art with a five-part series focused on some of jewellery’s modern masters. This is the fifth and final instalment in the series.
Two masters, one apprentice
I spent most of my childhood with two masters – my father and my grandfather. My grandfather was the noted architect Hsieh Tzu-Nan who built hundreds of stylised temples across Taiwan, his works now considered heritage sites and historical monuments. My playground, where I formed my three-dimensional perspective of the world was the construction site of each new project he was involved in. We would pore over blueprints together as he explained architectural concepts and spatial relationships, many of which I didn’t understand fully at the time but they opened my mind to the greatest of possibilities. I now create wax sculptures from a huge desk, much like the one he used in his study.