"All acme of artistic perfection comes from great craftsmanship. Shiwan is home to beautiful ceramics." That's how Guo Moruo, a Chinese literato, commented on Shiwan ceramics. To this date, ceramic art from this thousand-year-old town has always been regarded as an icon that well represents the city itself, as an essential part of profound local culture.
Recently, Shiwan Town has sought new growth patterns through cooperation across industries. Let's take a look at New Shiwan Art Ceramics Factory.
New sensation: ceramic works presented in a cultural creative way
一楼的文创展览馆，以砖红色为主色调，将龙窑、窑火、砖块等陶瓷烧制元素浓缩进了小小的展厅当中，复古感十足！On the first floor, Cultural and Creative Exhibition Hall uses red as the theme color, gathering all key elements involved in firing process in a tiny room, such as Dragon Kiln, fire and bricks. It goes all the way back.
Inside the hall, there are tons of cultural and creative products, which easily catch people's attention. There's a wall of "dancing lion" potteries, looking massively epic. Other than that, jar containers, teapots and cups are also unique in shape and color, which can be put in good use at home. Why not take one home?
In addition, online stores have also been opened on multiple platforms, including Taobao, JD and Weidian. In recent years, Shiwan ceramics has gone on mainstream video platforms like Tiktok and Kwai, paving modern ways where local ceramic arts spread across China.
New harmony: ceramic elements fused with home design
Themed on "Home Furnishing with Creativity", the exhibition hall also gives presentation on how ceramic arts can be well combined with home furnishing. Whole sets of ceramic tables and chairs look gorgeous like nothing else. When European-style home design meets traditional pottery art in Shiwan, a unique harmony is achieved, a touch of coexistence.
New display: glorious history written in Shiwan Town
Recently, the venue features two major exhibitions - Special Collection in Retrospect and Collection of Chinese Zodiac in the Year of Tiger.
Special Collection in Retrospect gathers major items that stood out in modern history of Shiwan Town, including pottery works, calligraphy, graphics, and historical materials. All items are marks of history over the past 65 years, allowing everyone to gain insights on this national intangible cultural heritage. The exhibition opens for free until November 16.
Collection of Chinese Zodiac in the Year of Tiger puts spotlights on nearly a hundred works inspired by tiger, which were all created by masters. Some created in realism, some in abstract - all "tigers" look strong and resilient, pleasing the eyes of the audience. The exhibition opens for free until January 31, 2022.
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