From painting to ceramics, from silence to tumult, from a closed world to nature, from intellectual work to physical labor, from the focus on thinking to the focus on life...these are the changes that happened to me after I started my ceramic practice.
About “Fēng Xíng Shuǐ Shàng” series
The “Fēng Xíng Shuǐ Shàng” series were inspired by tiles of Song Dynasty, whose decoration styles were mainly intaglio. Such technique evolves into a new form in the interim of Wu Lou’s creation: wet the green body of certain humidity with mud, scrape the patterns with self-made scraping tools according to the vessel’s shape and form, regular carvings at the periphery of ceramics.
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As for Wu Lou from “Cong Tao Kai Shi” studio, the ceramic is a medium. During the process of technical advancing to its peak, Wu Lou carries out the understanding, testing and practicing of the advancement to both techniques and culture. Here, utensil (“Qi”) is both a concrete symbol of artistry and an abstract carrier of culture.
“It is not a simple work to describe an utensil accurately if you have to. An utensil itself is ordinary, just like its smell evaporating from earth every day and night, as there is nothing happening.” The “ordinary” said by Wu Lou is his reassessment to the value of “daily”, the new examination and measurement to what is “familiar to” and “accustomed for” him in his daily life.
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