Wu Hailong, Chinese Master of Arts and Crafts and Shape Design Master of Dark-red Enameled Pottery Created New International Level in Chinese Arts

November 07 02:10 2018

Recently Wu Hailong, Chinese shape design master of dark-red enameled pottery who has the honor of “National Master of Arts and Crafts”, received some special interviews for arts programs by over a hundred foreign media. The artist Wu Hailong, who has a series of titles such as a potter of Yixing Youtian Earth pottery from the Wu Family, Chinese special artist supplier of national presents, the Fifth Generation of Wushi Jinding, a time-honored brand with a history of over a hundred years, is actually the first Chinese who becomes the focus of over a hundred foreign media and whose works are widely published by them since the founding of new China. This in fact marks a new level of Chinese arts which is highly approved by the international art world.

Wu Hailong , Chinese Master of Arts and Crafts and Shape Design Master of Dark-red Enameled Pottery Created New International Level in Chinese Arts

The artist Wu Hailong, who has a series of titles such as a potter of Yixing Youtian Earth pottery from the Wu Family, Chinese special artist supplier of national presents, the Fifth Generation of Wushi Jinding, a time-honored brand with a history of over a hundred years, has become a name of national art like ceramics and dark-red enameled pottery. Those famous Chinese ancient saints like Zhuangzi, Laozi and so on are all fond of using dark-red enameled pottery to make tea. Furthermore, use of such vessels brings a nice atmosphere for a discussion about Zen.

The Yixing Wu Family has a history of about a hundred year in dark-red enameled pottery. The Wu Family pottery has so far five generations, including Wu Yuqing and the fifth generation Wu Hailong with the future sixth-generation inheritor Wu Tingting being cultivated at the moment. The artist Wu Hailong was a smart boy in his childhood, and started learning the art of dark-red enameled pottery from his father at an early age. Due to such special family backgrounds and his later hard working, Wu Hailong has finally greatly promoted the transmission of such art of the Wu Family. Wu Hailong is fond of pottery collection since his early years, and by using of the large collection of old potteries at his family for reference, he has made lots of innovation in pottery making. The shapes of those dark-red enameled potteries designed by Wu Hailong not only look traditional but also features “different shapes and images of rectangles and circles”, which highlight changes, are both classic, elegant and fashionable, both simple and natural.

Photography of Master Wu Hailong and Foreign Friends
Photography of Master Wu Hailong and Foreign Friends

The artist Wu Hailong, is very demanding about the materials used for dark-red enameled pottery, because the levels of “clay” decide the quality of the final products of dark-red enameled potteries. A good dark-red enameled pottery must be made of good clay that is able to be made into a kind of pottery with double-pore structure, high water absorption, good breathing, and “gentle and comfortable color and quality”. A regular routine in the process of dark-red enameled pottery making of the Wu Family art that has lasted over a hundred years is that only old clay is used for pottery making, which in fact has ensured that the original clay used for all the current products is over ten years old. The inheritors of the Wu Family art are also focused on study and creation in such pottery art so as to present premium quality pottery products to the world.

Wu Hailong Products of Dark-red Enameled Potteries
Wu Hailong Products of Dark-red Enameled Potteries

The artist Wu Hailong’s products are mainly about dark-red enameled pots that are carefully made and modern at the same time, both classically elegant and natural. Without hundreds of years of art accumulation and decades of hard working, no such perfect works of dark-red enameled pots can ever be made. The artist Wu Hailong is such a master who both inherits the precious hundreds years of the Wu Family art in dark-red enameled pottery but also has successfully created some new styles in the dark-red enameled production. Wu Hailong’s dark-red enameled products have won multiple Chinese national level and international gold prizes. Some of his works have been collected by Great Hall of the People, Zhongnanhai Art Gallery, Chinese National Museum, Chinese Agricultural Museum. Moreover, his works are widely praised by Thai prince, British Prince and culture and arts masters from American Silicon Valley, Chinese mainland and Taiwan Province. At the same time, his works have been introduced to many foreign countries through “One Belt One Road” cultural exchanges and was ever selected by the 2017 Kazakhstan World Expo, receiving acknowledgement from artistic scholars form all over the world. The dark-red enameled potteries are a collection of the spirits of the Wu Family art and also thousands of years of Chinese craftsmanship cultures. The “Wu Family Jinding” brand has been included in the Chinese 10,000-Mile Integrity Program to travel around the world and has made a good reputation globally through such program for the high artistic and collection values of their dark-red enameled pot products.

Wu Hailong Products of Dark-red Enameled Potteries
Wu Hailong Products of Dark-red Enameled Potteries

The master Wu has a family background of dark-red enameled potteries and has well inherited and passed down the Wu Family art, which brings out the various innovations in and general transmission of their family art. The master Wu, who is near the age of 50 years, has actually reached the supreme level in dark-red enameled pottery as well as the degree of “Born Master”. His works not only use some traditional techniques in dark-red enameled production, but also display a series of new features of their own. For example, the “smooth potteries” by the master Wu have a delicate appearance, a particular outline, and look very simple, natural and graceful; well, the “patterned potteries” have a natural-looking appearance, and enjoy a typical aesthetic style of the Wu Family through the process of cutting, pinching and modeling skills; and the grain potteries have a clear pattern of grains well arranged in surface and space; the loop-handled pots have an ancient appearance, a loop handle and pot body in a virtual-real comparison with each other, the whole shape of such pots being smoothly and flexibly curved like a natural flow or the delicate figure of a beautiful countryside maid.

Wu Hailong Products of Dark-red Enameled Potteries
Wu Hailong Products of Dark-red Enameled Potteries

With a good reputation in both in China and the world, the artist Wu Hailong has never stopped his hard working in his art gallery where he integrates life and art into each piece of dark-red enameled work he’s made. Though his works are very popular on the market, he keeps carefully dealing with the production of every work under the guidance of such conception as “good worker’s conscience”. And his belief is as such: “do well one thing in life with an attentive mind”, with which he is deeply absorbed in his production and study in the art of dark-red enameled pottery.

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