The creation of this series of works orignated from my visit to Jingdezhen two years ago. I carried my imagination of traditional art and worship of conventional techniques with me on the way to search for the most beautiful porcelain products in China. However, what I saw and experienced was somehow disappointing in the way that all the products were superficial and contained neither any traditional spirit nor contemporary aesthetics or down-to-earth coziness. It was almost impossible for one to find any apparatus that was of any connection to our daily life. Despite all the disppointments, I did meet a lot of masters in porcelain making and was much more impressed by their passion and their enthusiatism about what they do when talking about procelain types, glaze, painting engineering, temperature, furnace transmutation and other secret ingredients than by the new comers, the so called contemporary artists and designers.
It’s a paradox and a pity that once the traditional aesthetics was treated as a set type it would probably be cosidered outdated. This makes me contemplate the question of how to connect tradition and contemporary life. Seeking to find an answer to it, I intended to deploy this series of products to depict our daily life and our understanding of tradition instead of simply and roughly illustrating beauty with traditional elements. Tradition and the current should not compromise with or make use of each other, and beauty is not supposed to exist in one specific system, or to say the least, one specific system can not even explain beauty itself.
As long as the philosophy had been established, I looked hard for technical support from the masters in procelain making. The series was successfully created after improving the traditional plum vase, borrowing from such commonly seen and trendy elements in the patterns as wave point, diamond, stripe, gradient and pure color, and employing the most conventional Qing Hua techniques as raw material selection, throwing, moulding, painting, glazing and baking. Two products of the series were designed to extend the plain patterns into three-dimensional forms which made use of the techniques of traditional products and meanwhile elongated the space and freed the concept of the product shape.