New celadon center to innovate intangible cultural gems
2018-06-13 16:08:00

The Jiangnan Celadon Center, an organization initiated by inheritors of two major intangible cultural heritages in Wuxi, Jiangsu Province, was launched on June 12 in Wuxi’s Liangxi District.

Yu Xianglian, a master of arts and crafts in China and inheritor of Wuxi Huishan clay figurine, together with Zhan Xingdi, the inheritor of Yixing celadon, will serve as the center’s artistic advisers. They will cooperate with each other in creating new ceramic works combining features of both intangible cultural heritages.

Yixing celadon boasts a history of more than 2,000 years. In 2017, its inheritor Zhan Xingdi donated the glaze recipe that she had spent 40 years developing to Wuxi, hoping to promote the inheritance and development of this ancient craft.

To further expand the development of outstanding traditional cultures in the region, Zhan and Yu join hands in founding the Jiangnan Celadon Center, which will strive to revive the celadon art in Jiangnan, or the area south of the Yangtze River, with modern means.

These art forms, whether it’s pottery, porcelain, purple clay or clay figurine, are all rooted in people’s respect and love for soil and therefore share the same cultural vein, said Yu. Combining the attractive shape of clay figurines and the charming glaze of celadon wares, the center will create its unique art pieces and cultural tastes to open up a new path for the conservation of intangible cultural heritages.

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