A close look at inheritor of Yangzhou jade carving
2017-08-07 16:32:00

Gu Ming, a Yangzhou jade caving master and an inheritor of intangible cultural heritages, was working in the studio despite the scorching heat.

Yangzhou jade carving, which has a history of more than 4,000 years, is famous with its novel composition, elegant shape and exquisite techniques. It was listed as one of the national intangible cultural heritages in 2006.

Gu Ming, who is in his 40s, is a typical heir of craftsman. Influenced by his father, who is a renowned art master, Gu became a leader of Yangzhou jade carving after over 20 years’ study.

Gu admitted that many traditional crafts have witnessed tough development, and the market is stagnant with the craftsmen lowly treated. As a result, many traditional crafts are facing challenges and require transformation.

At present, relative policies have been released by Yangzhou government to encourage the craftsmen to study after a master in the form of bonus system. Besides, special funds will be used to further develop traditional techniques. Many craftsmen are continuously trying and exploring on their way.

Translated by Mei Rong (intern)

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