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CONTEMPORARY CELADON BOWL WITH CRACKLED GLAZE
This is an exquisite celadon bowl with crackled glaze that used a brand new concept in design and potting. 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 crackle of fine brownish lines and thicker transparent lines is called ‘Gold Thread and Silver Wire’. The transparent cracks will keep growing after firing on a very slow pace for many years.
The most impressive nature of crackled glazing is its uniqueness. No two of the textures can be the same. In addition to this traditional feature the artist Mr. Chen Xianlin who hand crafted this artwork, folded the mouth rim ingeniously and created this contemporary conceptual art bowl. At the edge of the modified mouth rim Chen even cut 7 circular dots from one side then pasted on the other side in reverse symmetry order. The innovative development made this artwork a real contemporary bowl in celadon art history since 1957 ‘Five Major Chinese Kilns Rebuild’ announcement.
Chen Xianlin’s Contemporary Celadon Bowl With Crackled Glaze is in perfect condition and his signature on base with certificate signed and original box form his workshop.
Year of Completion: 2007
Mouth Rim Diameter: 23cm
Base Rim Diameter: 12cm
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.