Marvelous ceramic artworks born to shine in a difficult time

By Zhang Rui
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Professor Liu Runfu teaches a class in traditional Chinese ceramics at AADTHU. [Photo provided to]

"I felt it was my mission to launch a renaissance of Chinese handicrafts, to modernize and transform the traditional art form," he told during an interview. With support from AADTHU, Liu became the general curator of the annual New Crafts International Emerging Artists Group Exhibition. Joined by artists and professors from AADTHU and all over the world, the exhibition aims to promote new artists and their artworks, Eastern aesthetics, diverse development in arts and crafts, and international exchange. 

"Many foreigners have discussed how to define what kind of handicrafts can be called 'ceramics' using scientific math and data. But I would add one rule: Only handicrafts which are glazed can be called 'ceramics,'" Liu said, adding that in the beginning, Chinese artists made ceramics in a way so as to imitate jade, so the glaze is the key. "This couldn't have happened without Chinese culture. So, you have to define ceramics with such an aesthetic."

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