Firing Characteristics in Contemporary Chinese Ceramic Sculpture

Chao Ziyi, Chao Ziwei


After China’s reform and opening-up, artists have been digging for new materials, exploring new technologies and expanding new forms in ceramics. In terms of material selection, glaze color preparation, decorative treatment, molding techniques, firing techniques and artistic concept expression, they have created art forms different from those in any previous period. Artists are becoming more proficient in the use of materials, the subject matter is more extensive than before, the molding technique is more mature, the artistic expression is more perfect, and the exploration of ceramic language is more bold, rich, and free. This article will discuss the expression and expansion of ceramic language in contemporary art creation from the specific performance of different firing techniques in contemporary ceramic sculpture combined with my own practice.

Key Words

Contemporary art, ceramic sculpture, firing technique

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