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Ceramic art dances on the point of sharp blade

2017/11/29 16:19:16   source:Sdchina.com

Porcelain carving is a traditional Chinese art that carves pictures or calligraphy on porcelains, which is generally done with diamond pens or steel tools. On Nov. 16, seven foreigners, together with the work team of “Touch Shandong” cultural experience activity, went to the Research Institute of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Shandong Yingcai University in Jinan, Shandong Province, to learn how to carve images on porcelains. According to Kong Lingke, the dean of Research Institute of Intangible Cultural Heritage, actually the porcelain carving appeared in the early Qing Dynasty but developed into a ceramic decorative art in the late Qianlong’s reign of Qing Dynasty.

Normally, the glazed colors drawn on the porcelain are fixed by firing at high temperatures. However, the colors in a carved porcelain picture are absorbed into the porous surface, which fixes the color without firing.

Carved porcelain pictures are different from other kinds of painting and have their own special artistic language. That is, carved porcelain pictures combine the hard but fragile qualities of porcelain with sparkling and crystal-clear colors and a metallic sheen.

Kong introduced not only the history and development of porcelain carving but also the basic techniques of carving on porcelains. He said the using of graver is the most vital step in the whole decorative process.

After Kong’s introduction, the foreigners could hardly sit still and itched to have a go. Then they started their creation with the guidance of Kong Lingke. However it was not as easy as they thought. It took almost three hours for them to carve several simple paintings. After the activity, the foreigners said that though they felt very tired and their wrist was sore, they were still very happy because they finished the porcelain carving work alone.

Kong presented the foreigners the works made by themselves as gifts and expressed his wishes for them to bring the traditional art of porcelain carving to their friends and family.

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