The story of a determined potter
Liangkun was born in Shandong Province, China in 1955. As
a child, he grew up in his sister's home in Dalian. After leaving
school early, Xing worked as a farmer, carpenter, welder and gardener.
It was as a cultivator of a new breed of Lily, that Xing became
With this new found wealth, he soon turned his attention
to collecting pottery, particularly Japanese pottery, and within
10 years had put together one of China's largest private collections
of Japanese ceramics. In 1989, a Japanese collector offered him
US$13 million for the collection, but Xing refused and instead donated
it to a local museum. He then decided that he wanted not only to
collect, but also to make pottery. He doggedly set out to learn
what he could about throwing, glazing and firing, in the process
giving up all his belongings, selling his house and even losing
his wife, who divorced him.
Xing mastered a technique where the glaze exhibits sunken cracks.
Xing refers to this technique as the "deep-base vein hacking
ceramic glaze". Experimenting further with this technique,
Xing also developed a method whereby the cracks protrude.
work is represented in numerous museum collections in China and
is sometimes presented by government officials as gifts to foreign
dignitaries. However, amazingly, despite his success, Xing does
not actually sell any of his work, except to raise money for charity.
Liangkun is currently guest professor at the Lu Xun Academy of Fine
Arts and a researcher at the Nanjing Palace Museum and Sichuan Jiguang
Eastern Cultural Research Institute.
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