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The Homing Birds is a contemporary Chinese Longquan celadon artwork mainly for decorative purpose. It is an exquisite celadon ware with crackled glaze on its lower part of body. Crackle, a network of irregular cracks in the glaze caused by a disagreement in the rate of shrinkage between body and glaze during cooling. From the Song Dynasty and onward crackles seems to have been intentionally produced as decoration. The appearance could be stained with soot or other pigment being rubbed into the cracks. Crackle decoration is to be found on Song Dynasty wares such as Guan and Ge. The transparent crackles will keep growing afterward on a very slow pace for many years.
The artist of Homing Birds Mr. Chen Xianlin cleverly used the dark crackles to present the atmosphere of earth in an abstract approach. Regarding the growing transparent crackles that represents other interesting imagination from different point of view.
On the upper part of the body Mr. Chen Xianlin used the pottery clay from Yixing (the material for Chinese famous Zisha teapot) to present the birds that flying back to forest home.
In order to present the contrast of visual effect, Mr. Chen Xianlin used the technique called ‘over-the-glaze’ to highlight the leaves and birds by Chinese Zisha clay. It is difficult to mix the two different materials into one artwork. However the creativity applied to Homing Birds that had changed the celadon ware in tradition. It is also the reason why the first Homing Birds collected by The Art Museum of Zhejinag Province in Year 2001.
The Homing Birds is in perfect condition and Chen Xianlin’s signature on base with certificate signed and original packaging box form his workshop.
Year of Completion: 2006
Waist Rim Diameter: 28cm
Foot Rim Diameter: 17.5cm
ABOUT THE ARTIST MR. CHEN XIANLIN
If Longquan celadon represents part of thousand years Chinese ceramics history, Mr. Chen Xianlin is the pioneer who turns the sleeping dragon to contemporary fashion with western modernity.
Born in 1964 and started his pottery study since teenage, Chen Xianlin pursued further in the Arts and Crafts Department of Nanjing Art College and graduated in 1980’s. He then joined Celadon Research Institute of Longquan and prompted to the director of Design Workshop in the Institute since 1987. In 1997 Chen Xianlin built his own workshop and kiln after his career in Celadon Research Institute of Longquan.
As a design artist of traditional Longquan celadon, Chen Xianlin not only familiar with the Ge Kiln and Di Kiln production process, his creativity and innovative approach to the potting material and design makes him the first person in contemporary Longquan celadon. In addition to typical crackled glazing or Guan Ware type of jade-like bluish presentation, the unique ‘insertion’ skill is widely used by Chen in his artwork design. Chen Xianlin inserts different clays in his artwork to create the visual effect that similar with crackle or Chinese brush-pen painting. Chen even uses pottery clay from Yixing (the home town of famous Chinese Zisha teapot) or other kinds to mix with celadon in his contemporary artwork. The result exhibits a modern sense of style with beautiful celadon visual effect in glazing.
In ancient China the celadon ware were used in royal court with bronze form or used in daily ware such as vase, bowl or plate etc. Chen Xianlin is the first and only artist so far who turns the traditional concept into decorative artwork. His artworks won him many awards as the contemporary Longquan celadon artist who deserves the title second to none.
As today Chen Xianlin is the Senior Arts and Crafts Master of Zhejiang Province in China.