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poster-FBThe Rui Cunha Foundation presents on Tuesday, April 4th at 5:00pm, the “Phoenix Rising” Chai Kiln Ceramics Exhibition by Master He Jianguo, an event co-organized with the Contemporary Art Research Association and SkyScape Times Media Group.

This is the first special exhibition of Chai Kiln Ceramics, which will display a collection with 45 pieces of outstanding achievements on this traditional art by He Jianguo, Macao Master of Arts and Crafts, born in 1969 in Jiangsu Province. Also known as Heizi or Sunspot, the artist began his interest in ceramics by discovering the origins and evolution of this art, and culminating in the writing of the first monograph on the subject in the context of the whole China.

Chai Kiln pottery is considered the beginning of human civilization. The meaning of Chai Kiln is ceramic cooked in a wood-fired oven. After acknowledging that some clay could be hardened through burning, men began to knead this raw material and create pieces and utensils, thus saying farewell to primitive forms of living.

«In the long history of human development, firing ceramics with wood has become the quintessential way of obtaining everyday utensils. But the burning methods have been improved and refined, from the initial heap firing to pit firing, from the thin shell kiln to the vertical hole kiln, from the horizontal hole kiln to the dragon kiln, with continuous progress over time», states the memorandum introducing the exhibition.

Nowadays, Chai Kiln refers to the firewood oven ceramic with pure traditional and modern artistic connotation. «It is a work of natural gray glaze, placed directly over the flames, letting the fire embrace it, letting the wood ash freely sprinkle onto the work, and finally reacting with the clay minerals under high temperature, taking shape in the burning atmosphere», refers the said information.

This is a work with rustic characteristics, originating in China, but adopted and popularized in Japan, which can be appreciated for the beauty of each imperfect and unique piece.

The ceramic artworks will be on display until April 15, 2023.

Admission is free.

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