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ABOUT The Wood Ash Glaze Lotus Ripples Bowl
Wood ash glaze is the earliest form of high temperature glaze that used in stoneware celadon. Ash settling upon the pots in a wood-fired kiln combined with the silica within the clay to form crude glazes on Chinese pottery 2,000 B.C. The effect can be seen clearly on early celadon pieces without the celadon color. Usually the celadon potters combined ash with clay to create a "recipe" and this mixture was applied to the pot before placing in the kiln to create the first true glaze that wasn't accidental.
Xu Chaoxing was the first China Art & Craft Master who reinvented the ancient technique under modern gas kiln in Year 2000. With hundreds times trial Xu finally created his own recipe to the bright tone of brown wood ash glaze through the control of iron oxide.
The uniqueness of Xu Chaoxing’s wood ash glaze artworks not only comes from its color tone but the shape of bronze form with ‘Slanting Knife’ skill. The slanting Knife is actually bamboo blades with various forms. During potting the ceramist uses auto-spinning plate to spin the clay when the material is half dry then uses the blade to carve hundreds of thousands incised patterns. When you look at the subtle fluidity of each delicate that implemented on the inside and outside of the bowl, The Wood Ash Glaze Lotus Ripple Bowl is really one of the treasure from Xu Chaoxing’s entire potting career.
Due to nature of the clay, celadon from Longquan kiln needs at least 1300 Celsius degrees temperature in firing. The tiny grains of iron oxide that wasn’t filtered during the glazing process would turn into tiny black spots after fire. That is why there are few black spots on The Wood Ash Glaze Lotus Ripple Bowl which proves the existence of natural iron oxide.
The Wood Ash Glaze Lotus Ripple Bowl is in perfect condition and Xu Chaoxing’s signature on base with certificate signed and original wooden box form his workshop.
Year of Completion: 2002
Mouth Rim Diameter: 21.5cm
ABOUT XU CHAOXING
Since last century when the Chinese government began awarding the title of China Art & Craft Master (similar to the Japanese Living National Treasure) to craftsmen, Xu Chaoxing was the first ceramist who specialized in Longquan celadon to reach this summit in 1996.
Xu Chaoxing was born in Longquan City of Zhejiang Province in 1943. He started the potter career since his teenage as the worker in State-owned celadon factory. He learned almost everything from the Republic Period celadon guru Li Huaide. Xu Chaoxing is the best few of Li’s apprentice that acknowledged by the collectors in Greater China region, Japan and Korea.
Xu Chaoxing's celadon artworks not only exhibit a classic and precise sense of style, his unique reproduction to ancient wood ash glaze combine the implement 'Slanting Knife' technique won him the top position in the field. Not to mention the traditional celadon plum-green glaze in all kinds of artwork.
During Xu Chaoxing's work in the state-owned factory his celadon artworks were appreciated by collectors in Asia already. Due to the recognition from international society Xu was assigned to produce the state gift for the government since early 90’. One of his stunning reproduction artworks was chose by the General Post Office stamp design in 1998. His stunning artworks also collected and exhibited by Zhi Guang Ge in Zhong Nan Hai(Chinese Presidential Office), People’s Great Hall in Beijing, Chinese Art & Craft Museum and Celadon Museum of Longquan City to name a few.
In October of Year 2006 Xu Chaoxing held his 50-year celadon career anniversary exhibition at Hangzhou, the capital of Zhejiang Province in China. Total 80 pieces of stunning artworks were displayed in China Art Academy that attracted fans from all over the world. A gallery owner from New York offered Xu Chaoxing two million U.S. Dollars to acquire all the 80 pieces but did not accomplish the deal. Xu’s artworks therefore establish the highest price tag in contemporary celadon ceramics.