Porcelain engraving imbued with personal philosophy

2021-04-29 Editor : Lu Yan ECNS App Download

(ECNS) -- Zhong Liwei is a fourth generation inheritor of Zhong's porcelain engraving.

With porcelain as paper and a knife as a pen, porcelain engraving is a unique art form. Each engraved piece of porcelain represents not only a craftsman's superb skills but also his perception of life.

With a total length of 11 meters and more than a million cuts, Zhong created the porcelain engraving "Dwelling in Fuchun Mountains" with his daughter. The work displays Zhong's profound knowledge and unique skills. What makes the inheritor most gratified is his daughter also fully demonstrated her skills.

In addition to "Dwelling in Fuchun Mountains", Zhong has created many other breathtaking works, including "A Hundreds Cranes" and "Five Tigers." These works also imply Zhong's personal philosophy.

For many traditional craftsmen, inheritance has been a troubling topic for a long time. Zhong has done a lot of work in order to inherit his family's porcelain engraving tradition. Zhong has a set of high standards for apprentices.

Dong Hongjian, in his 20s, is his most valued student. Apart from words, the two communicate via porcelain engraving. In Dong's view, being an apprentice is external while how to learn to behave like a man is the key point.

Although he has a star apprentice, Zhong still has a sense of crisis about the inheritance of porcelain engraving. He waits in patience for suitable apprentices just as he engraves his porclain patiently. Zhong said his apprenticeship is free and that he would teach anyone without reservation, as long as students are upright and patient.


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