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Taiwanese ceramic artist Lo Sen-hao (羅森豪) will hold a solo exhibition titled "Liang Xiang,” meaning "bright appearance” in Chinese, at the National Museum of History from Nov. 29 through Jan. 12, 2014.
"Liang Xiang” will feature more than 50 of his ceramic works, which are noted for their glaze made of mixed plant and clay ashes. The glaze containing iron gives the pottery their multi-layered colors after being tempered with fire at over 1,300 degrees Celsius.
The so-called "Tenmoku (Tianmu) bowls,” once popular in Chinese tea culture during imperial China's Tang and Song dynasties, were often used by the literati and religious masters during tea-tasting events and philosophy discussions. Japanese monks who studied in China's Tianmu Mountain brought back the art, which later developed into the elaborate Japanese tea ceremony.
The Tenmoku bowls have rich colors and patterns that change with the angle of light. Holding a bowl is like holding all of the universe's sparkling hues in one's hands, thuspeople named the artifact "Tenmoku,” which means the Eyes of Heaven.
The exhibition focuses on large Tenmoku bowls that not only push the limits of pottery-making, but also contain dazzling patterns and glaze colors that form contemporary symbols. Moreover, Lo has also applied his glazing techniques to art mediums outside of pottery, creating unique dyed fabrics and large artistic tiles.
Born in Chiayi County in 1965, Lo first learned pottery in high school from revered artisan Yang Sheng-hsiung. He was later mentored by two other master-level artisans and was taught a wide array of different ceramic techniques.
In 1990, he was admitted to the StuttgartStateAcademyof Art and Design in Germany to study the ceramic art development in Europe and contemporary European art. During that period, Lo held several solo exhibitions that were critically acclaimed by the European art critics and press.
After returning home, he served as the director of the Yingge Ceramics Museum and dean of the Art and Design Department of National Taipei University of Education.
The opening ceremony for the "Liang Xiang” exhibition will take place at 2:30 PM in Taipei on Nov. 29.