The National Museum of History will introduce 40 ceramic works by Chinese artist Liao Hongbiao in an exhibition titled "The Soul of Shiwan Pottery - Liao Hongbiao's Pottery and Sculpture” between June 28 and Aug. 11 at the museum's 401 Gallery.
Shiwan pottery, which originated from the Shiwan region of Guangdong Province's Foshan City, is known for its lifelike ceramic figurines. Shiwan products were first used as decorations for temples and ancestral shrines and later became familiar household ornaments. Traditional works of Shiwan pottery feature everyday motifs while those with strong personal styles were considered unusual.
In modern times, newer generations of craftspeople have begun to infuse the Shiwan folk craft with their personal styles, and Liao is among the best.
Liao, almost 80 years of age now, started out as a traditional craftsman. Born in 1936 to a family of Shiwan ceramicists in Guangdong, both his father Liao Zuomin and his uncle Liao Jian were renowned ceramicists before the Republic of China relocated to the isle of Taiwan.
Liao started training with his father and other senior craftsmen at the age of 15, and began his apprenticeship under master ceramicist Liu Chuan in 1959.
After the Cultural Revolution in China, Liao dedicated himself to reviving the traditional craft and to boost commercial production of Chinese ceramics. Since 1978, Liao became known for blending Eastern and Western sculptural techniques and aesthetics, and his bold and inimitable works of art.
For his lifelong contribution to Shiwan pottery, Liao received two of the greatest cultural honors in mainland China - "Master of Chinese Arts Craft” in 1993 and "Master of Chinese Ceramic Art” in 2002.
For more information on "The Soul of Shiwan Pottery” exhibition, please visit the event website at http://www.nmh.gov.tw/.