SUPER THIN BODY CELADON VASE
This is a hand crafted Chinese Longquan celadon vase with embossed flower and leaves. Due to nature of the clay, celadon from Longquan kiln needs at least 1300 degrees Celsius temperature in firing. In order to create the jade-like glaze the ceramist has to repeat the glazing work for several times. Thicker glaze creates the greater visual impression but on the other hand, the difficulty to manage the glaze presentation multiples.
The most amazing feature of this artwork is its clay that almost as thin as a piece of regular Xerox paper. In order to test its transparent degree the shadow of fingers that saw from the mouth rim is the best proof. (Please refer to the photos attached)
This was the artwork created randomly by celadon artist Mr. Chen Xianlin. Per our knowledge only two of the same kind exist from Chen’s workshop up to present. However Chen Xianlin gave up its commercialize plan due to extremely low success rate and huge trial-and-error cost.
This Super-Thin Celadon Vase is in perfect condition and Chen Xianlin’s signature on base.
Year of completion: 2005
Mouth Rim Diameter: 6cm
Base Rim Diameter: 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.