Neither Increasing nor Decreasing – Huang Huangyi


Ewer 水壶

Huang Huanyi 黄焕义

Artist Biography

Huang Huanyi was born in 1960 in Jiangxi, China. He earned his MFA from Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute, and is currently Professor and Director of the Institute of Modern Ceramic Art, Jingdezhen Ceramic College.

Huang Huanyi’s works have won more than 10 national awards and he has presided over a number of provincial scientific research projects. He has exhibited in the Carrousel Hall of the Louvre in France, Fitzwilliam Museum of Cambridge University, UK, Philadelphia Museum, USA, Lichuan World Ceramic Exhibition, Korea, and Mino World Ceramic Exhibition, Japan.


Artist Statement

The vase body is decorated with blue and white patterns of pine, crane and cloud, which imply longevity in traditional porcelain patterns, similar to the decorative ewer. By reshaping the traditional Chinese plum vase and laying it flat, Huanyi examines and deconstructs traditional culture in his work, exploring the discourse about the composition of porcelain.


Selected Buddhist Object from Chiddingstone Castle

01.1533 Ewer

Ewer, cloisonné enamel on gilt bronze. China, Qing Dynasty (19th century).

Height: 27cm

Denys Eyre Bower mentions this enamel ewer, which forms part of a set with a bowl and cup, in his handwritten notes about the Buddhist collection. It was clearly one of his most prized possessions. His notes state that it was gifted by the ‘Tashi Lama of Tibet’ to the Viceroy of India, Lord Minto, in 1908. He wrote that ‘its importance seems to have been ignored by the British officials responsible for dealing with these gifts’. It is decorated in the eight Buddhist emblems including the ‘endless knot’, symbolizing the eternal wisdom and compassion of the Buddha. Also depicted on it is the wheel symbol which represents Buddhist teachings.

"Lying plum vase"