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Neither Increasing nor Decreasing – Huang Huangyi


Ewer 水壶

Huang Huanyi 黄焕义

Artist Biography

Born 1960 in Jiangxi, China. MFA from Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute, 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, Mino World Ceramic Exhibition, Japan.


Artist Statement

I used the “lying plum vase” to reshape the traditional Chinese plum vase and lay flat on the base. Although the vase body is decorated with blue and white patterns such as pine, crane and cloud, which imply longevity in traditional porcelain patterns, which is similar to this decorative Teapot, the vase with original full and upright image of modern heroism is obviously vented. I try to examine and deconstruct traditional culture in my work and explore the discourse composition behind 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"