"The Art of Crafts,” an exhibition displaying the works of 14 apprentices mentored by five award-winning artisans, will run at the Bopiliao Historical Block in Taipei between Nov. 16 and Dec. 15.
The exhibit includes lacquerware, alloyed tin sculptures, bamboo-woven crafts, carved woodworks and Buddha statues. Visitors can also try their hands at different traditional crafts by painting, weaving or carving a key chain.
As a subordinate organization of the Ministry of Culture, the Bureau of Culture Heritage has included the aforementioned five craft types as part of the country's national heritage since 2000. The Bureau has also launched an apprenticeship program under which the maestros teach their skills to apprentices from younger generations.
The organizer chose the infinity symbol for the exhibition's logo as a symbol of the lasting inheritance of Taiwan's traditional crafts. In addition to the 38 works made by this year's apprentices, the exhibition also includes the tools and materials they used, as well as their apprentice journals.
The five Taiwanese master artisans are all recipients of the Ministry's National Crafts Achievement Award. For detailed introductions on each awardee, please click here.