Archives for the month of: February, 2013

Crackle Cup

DIA75xH35, China

A modern day Jun ware cup.  Jun ware is a type of celadon which dated back to the Tang dynasty and its popularity goes from the Sung dynasty all the way to the Qing dynasty.  Its typical glaze has a spectrum of colour; rose purple,  begonia red, aubergine purple, rooster blood red, grape purple, cinnabar red, spring onion green.  Within these colours, there is a complexity of  colours within.

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L170xW120xH20mm, China

The plum blossom has been an object of admiration by the scholars of China.  Along with the orchid, chrysanthemum and bamboo, the 4 gentlemen plants have been a constant subject for artistic creation from poem, verses to painting and carvings.  Each of the 4 are given an individual personality; the plum blossom – noble arrogance, orchid – eternal elegance, chrysanthemum – cool glamour, bamboo – humble but dignify.

The inkstone being a treasured item of a traditional scholar is a place to be decorated.

Now, nothing to do with noble arrogance but isnt he the sweetest … with the plum blossoms on his head.

Clay Horse

H150xL150xW100, China

This sweet little clay horse is by the Hu Xin Min, an artisan who successfully injected new spirits into the traditional craft.

The  Feng Xiang province has a long and  famous for making clay figurines, they are dramatic and bold in patterns, a blessing present for the Chinese New Year, festivals.  The history of Feng Xiang goes back to the Tang dynasty, the first emperor  Zhu Yuan Zhang had the 6th division of his army based in the area.  During peaceful time, these soldiers from the south made clay figurines as a pass time.  Later on, the soldiers settled in the village and named it the 6th division village and the tradition of craft of clay toys started.

cups

DIA50-120xH35-65mm, China

This series of 10 cups make a good set of sake cups for dinner party.  Depending on their drinking ability, guests can pick the size of their own cups and the host can refill all their cups at the same time!

The cups are so precisely made that they can be nested into one and other like the Russian Matryoshka dolls, making storage much easier.

Bowls

chamber pot

W120xL190xH140mm, China

For the Chinese, the use of a bed pan is not confined for the bed ridden but for the privileged men who are too lazy to get out of men.  In old China, the bed is the only place where heating is supplied and leaving once warm bed to the freezing world is not at all desirable and so the idea of a bedpan appeared.  For the wealthy, the bedpan are made of gold or silver, copper for the well to do, porcelain for middle class and pottery like this one for the commoners.  The metal ones are often insulated with a small duvet, it will defeat the purpose of not getting out of bed if you ended up touching something cold.  Apparently President Yuan Shi Kai’s bedpan was made of lead, as it is not as noisy to wake himself up.

W40xD50xH100mm, China

This puppet head is that of a glove puppet, it is of the character Qing Hua Junior of the Jing (painted face) catergory.  Qing Hua Junior can portrait characters of a villain or a hero with an explosive attitude.

The making of the puppet starts from selection of Zhang wood (Cinnamomum Camphora), apart from the nature of the wood its also has a function of being a wood pesticide, the required size would be taken out and together with the trimming to the rough form all done by use of a hammer.  The details are then carved out, once the carving is completed a thin layer of white slip is applied as a filler to smooth out the knots of the wood.  The base colour is then sprayed by a mouth piece and the features hand painted.  If there are hair to the puppet, it would be added at the final stage.

smarties braceletDIA80mm, China

Did you also grow up with Smarties?  Those that come in a paper tube with an alphabet on the cap?  For me M&M is just not the same, some how this bracelet just bring back all the old memories…

god of longevity W100xD80xH200mm, China

This is a figurine is that of the God of Longevity, he is holding a longevity peach that just one bite of it will make one immortal.

Click here to see the god of longevity’s relation with astronomy,
history and
his cane.

cobo new year

Kung Kee Kung Kee!

If you still havent seen the pottery from Cobo Ceramic Workshop, come and take a look!

A joint venture of coboXsoilXmountainfolkcraft.

Kung Kee Fat Choi

W200xL150mm, China

Wishing you a happy Chinese New Year this coming Sunday with this paper cutout.

This paper cutout is full of blessing symbolism,
Lotus Plant; 蓮 (Lian) is has a similar pronunciation as 年(Nian) which means yearly and as its fruit has many seeds it is a symbol of  frequent fertility.
The Fish, 魚 (Yu), has the same pronunciation as the word “surplus” 餘.
The pattern is symmetrical, portraying 2 of each item, the Chinese believes the bad luck comes in singularity (odd) and good in double (even).
Lastly, the words in the middle is of course the famous Kung Kee Fat Choy!

The paper cutout are normally displayed on the windows of every household with different idea of blessing.
So here wishing you a year of surplus, fertility and many Fat Choy!