Wu Lou: Fēng Xíng Shuǐ Shàng Yellow-Glazed Plate

Wu Lou: Fēng Xíng Shuǐ Shàng Yellow-Glazed Plate

Title: Fēng Xíng Shuǐ Shàng Yellow-Glazed Plate
Artist: Wu Lou
Year: 2019
Material: Porcelain
Dimensions: height: 3.5cm, max.φ: 17.5cm

 

 

 

 


 

 

Artist’s words

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.

 

    The Porcelain Series of Fēng Xíng Shuǐ Shàng: With the intersection of kaolin and celadon glaze, the skills and layout of the carvings in Song Dynasty inspect the artifacts’ returning to daily use, but not catering to the life of ancients.

 

    The Pottery Series of Fēng Xíng Shuǐ Shàng: What Pottery Series generated are muted and plain, but radiate the long-lost light amid the mildness. The texture, flow and the slight unevenness extend in the possibilities of various materials, trying to present the folds of time and life.

 

Wu Lou

 

 

Recommendation from the shop

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.

 

 

About Wu Lou

Wu Lou was born in 1980 with the name Li Yalou. He graduated with a Master of Arts from Guangzhou Academy of Fine Art. He started his ceramic studio “Cong Tao Kai Shi” in 2014.

 

Photo by Wen Peng

Image and Text: the shop, ©Authors, the shop, 2019

 

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