Zhejiang is widely considered to be one of the birthplaces of Chinese clay sculpture and there are four cities in particular that are closely connected with it – Shengzhou (嵊州), Taizhou (台州), Yueqing (乐清) and Hangzhou. With 2016 knocking at the door, a large-scale clay sculpture exhibition gathering the works of thirteen masters of clay sculpture has been arranged to mold and color your 2016.
Among the thirteen are inheritors of skills found on the list of Zhejiang Provincial Intangible cultural heritages, provincial arts and crafts masters as well as folk artists. They use their skillful fingers on the mud to showcase a wide variety of themes such as traditional opera, historical myths, religion, daily life and career etc., enabling people to learn about the charm of Zhejiang clay sculpture and be exposed to the positive life attitude and simple lifestyle expressed through it.Taizhou Clay SculptureTaizhou Clay Sculpture can be traced back to the Sui Dynasty (581-618) and reached its heyday during the Song Dynasty (960-1279) due to the spread of Buddhism. At that time a large number of clay sculptures were required to be erected inside newly built Buddhist temples, which in turn led to the rapid development of clay sculpture.Yueqing Clay SculptureYueqing Clay Sculpture was the most prosperous in the Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279) and is representative of folk and local flavor, characterized by simple lines and contrasting colors. Most of them are Buddha clay sculptures.Shengzhou Clay SculptureTaking shape in the 1970s, Shengzhou Clay Sculptures are elegant and small in size featuring simple shapes and forms. This kind of clay sculpture is more about expressing thoughts than depicting things.Hangzhou Clay SculptureThe age-old history of Hangzhou Clay Sculpture can be seen in two things- a written reference to its popularity in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) and an old street – Haier (children) Lane from the Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279) which was called so for the fact that artisans used to gather there to make clay sculptures of children. Zhejiang Clay Sculpture ExhibitionTime: Till Feb. 21, 2016Venue: 2F Hangzhou Arts and Crafts MuseumHangzhou Arts and Crafts MuseumHours: From 09:00 to 16:30 every day except on MondayAddress: No. 334, 336, 450, Xiaohe Road (小河路334号/336号/450号)Tel: 86-571-88197508/88197518/88197511Traffic: 1.Take bus No. 79, 98 and 129 to the West Gongchen Bridge bus stop (拱宸桥西站)2. Take bus No. 70, 61 and 591 to the Taizhou Lukou bus stop (台州路口)3. Take bus No. 1, 70, 61 and 63 to the bus stop at the intersection of Dengyun Road (登云路) and Xiaohe Road (小河路) and then walk northwards along Xiaohe Road for another 600 meters.4. Take water bus to the Gongchen Bridge wharf.