In the Di¡¯anmen Wai Street, a strong artistic atmosphere emanates from a very attractive shop. Its name: Chuanghengda 102 Art Roomage.
It specializes in clay ceramic works created by folk artists: pottery art, clear clay gold bricks and cricket pots, wood carving works, Dehua porcelain, colored sand & gold foil silk craft pictures, etc.
Through the clean windows, passersby can admire various clay figures which attract them in.
A lofty purpose
The shop owner aims at shouldering the responsibility of promoting traditional Chinese culture, enhancing art, and paying close attention to artworks that are bridging the gap between tradition and modernity. The owner makes great effort to introduce folk art into our spiritual life. He has collected typical and original works of art from folk masters who have succeeded in combining life and artistic creation.
The art selected by the shop is famous for its excellent quality and distinctiveness.
Clay ceramic figures
When clay is infused with ideas, a lifeless matter becomes a pottery with soul. According to the saying, art roots in life but surpasses it. Quite right. Many clay ceramic figures offered by the shop have succeeded in recording villagers¡¯ simple and charmingly naive life vignettes.
The most humorous and impressive clay ceramic work may be this very strong village mother standing with her big feet apart, bulging her belly. A little boy is standing in front of her, raising his head and sucking on one of her breasts; another little boy is standing on the mother¡¯s buttocks, sucking on the other breast. The mother opens her big mouth, laughing brightly and enjoying the happiness of feeding her children. The whole scene cannot but bring a smile on your face.
Another interesting image features a villager sitting cross-legged on the ground, playing a two-stringed musical instrument, opening a big mouth with his chin up, and singing heartily as if he is the only one on Earth.
Clay ceramic works are the primary items carried by the shop. They brim with local flavor, and immerse their viewers into a simple and unadorned gentle mood.
Others works of art such as cricket pots, wood carving works, Dehua porcelain, etc. are equally attractive.
Most of the clay ceramic works cost RMB 1000 to RMB 2000. According to the shop owner, customers usually can benefit from a slight discount.
What I appreciated
Agreeable shopping environment, strong artistic atmosphere, fascinating works of art with local characteristics.
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