‘Neng’ Master Stone Carver (Chakapan Ponyong) ~ Thailand ~ Jewellery of the Earth
Neng (Chakapan Pongyong) is a Master Stone Carver & Artist who lives in ChaingMai Thailand. He was born in Kampaeng Phet Thailand in 1968 and studied at ChaingMai University from 1987 – 1994, B.A. (Sculpture) Faculty of Fine Arts. Neng has had exhibitions all over Thailand since 1990 including ChaingMai University. He was awarded the Silver Medal at the Silpa Bhirasri Exhibition in Bangkok in 1994. He has given workshops for UNDP & Tibet Women’s Federation in Lhasa Tibet, China in 2003 and for Qomolangma Nature Presure in Shegar Tibet, China in 2001. He has worked as an Art Teacher at Wittayakran and for Orphanned Children by Aids; World Weave Company Designer Drawings for Construction for Weaving Materials Using Indigeneous Materials & Knowledge for Tribal Communities; NGO Health Project for Tribal People; Exhibition Co-Ordinator for 700 years anniversary of ChaingMai Celebrates Art at the Former British Consulate ChaingMai and Museum Study and Comparative Art in Belgium & Netherlands. Such an impressive background with too much more to expand on in this small blog, an incredibly complex and gifted man.
I was blown away by a display of his stone art carving jewellery pieces which are for sale at a gorgeous silver boutique in ChaingMai. NOVA JEWELLERY COLLECTION on Tapae Road is one of the most beautiful silver jewellery stores I have ever entered and in one area they offer NENG’s STONE ART CARVINGS as jewellery pieces. I ended up taking Silver Jewellery Making with Nova while I was there and am now addicted to it, a good addiction to have I think. However back to NENG’s display….. I inquired if he taught classes in stone carving and was informed he did not. I persisted and was given his private phone number which I promptly used to persuade Neng to give me a couple of lessons privately. Such an honor to have been able to study with him, a short two days, but I learned a tremendous amount and was inspired over the moon! He has the patience of a saint, gentleness and is as grounded as the stones he works with ~ yet a beautiful stillness shines through his eyes and smile. Truly one of the most gifted artist and very special human being whom I have had the privilege to meet in my life. He knows exactly where each river stone came from, even some from Mount Everest base camp. The Stone People are alive with Neng. Deep Gratitude for Neng and the gifts which he shared so openly with me!
Anyone wanting to Contact Neng can do so through his email: email@example.com Also through Nova Jewellery Collection at 201 Tapae Road in ChaingMai ~ web site: http://www.nova-collection.com. NENG’s Stone Art Carvings are truly treasures to wear. Ralph and I feel the blessings of Neng and Thailand when we wear our jewellery pieces. Below I offer some of the photos taken at Neng’s Studio and his stone creations.
The past year in Canada has had some challenging health issues so I haven’t been doing my stone carving yet, but I have been gathering all the tools I need for my studio….. soon I begin again. I can’t wait to get back to Thailand, which we feel is our second home, to emerse myself in the Thai People, Culture and Beauty! In the meantime, may Beauty surround you!