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Shi Zhenshan, an artist bringing dough modeling abroad

2019/11/8 14:44:34   source:sdchina.com

Shi Zhenshan, a famous folk dough modeling artist and inheritor of Chinese intangible cultural heritage, started to learn dough modeling from his father when he was eight. He was awarded the title of Chinese Folk Craft Artist by UNESCO and Chinese Folk Literature and Art Association.

Invited by the Monterey Park Government in 2006, Shi Zhenshan brought his dough figurines to the city for exhibition. That was the first time he took Heze dough figurines out of the country.

“At the beginning, the art of dough modeling was not recognized by foreigners. Then I found it was mainly because of the gap between Chinese and western culture. So I began to make dough figurines based on foreigners. To my surprise, the dough figurines became popular among foreigners,” said Shi Zhenshan. After that, Shi Zhenshan tried to combine Chinese traditional culture with local culture and created more dough figurines with new styles. “Many foreigners are pretty interested in Chinese opera, which makes opera figurines very popular. A dough figurine commands 15 to 20 dollars,” adding Shi Zhenshan.

To spread the art of Chinese dough modeling across the United States, Shi Zhenshan has accepted several foreign apprentices. Now his foreign apprentices have mastered certain skills in dough modeling and got their own career in different places, such as Seattle, New York, Chicago and so on.

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