Gu Yue
Artist Biography:
Gu Yue was born in Shandong Province. He received an MA in Ceramic Painting from the Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute. In 2017, he undertook a residency at the Pottery Workshop in Jingdezhen, after which he established the Ru Lin Qing Studio. He is currently also an instructor at the Pottery Workshop Education Centre in Jingdezhen. Yue explores the unlimited potential of Chinese traditional ceramic painting and creates new blue and white, wucai, sancai and other ceramic painting methods. His creative series include "Run Zhi" "Run Sheng" "Ba Xi" "Le" and "Chao Feng".
Creative Concept:

A variety of techniques are observed in Chinese traditional ceramic painting, such as folk blue and white, honglvcai, once fired sancai. Folk custom contributes to this diversity - scattered in the remote countryside, and known to a few people only.

Ancient craftsmen had a unique aesthetic and painting expression of all things in nature. The works are rigorous and interesting when dealing with the relationship between form and color. Although in the eyes of people today these expressions are considered "traditional", I believe these skills and techniques are not out of date at all, and deserve to be understood by more people.

Inspired by the painting Ascending the River at Qingming Festival by Zhang Zeduan, I have created a space to tell the story of these ancient craftsmen - where they can laugh, work, dance, be kind and graceful. They praise porcelain and I praise them. Their best moments in life, all their knowledge, are painted on this piece of work. The process from a piece of clay to a vessel is not only the change of clay, but also the change of craftsmen. I named this piece of work the Seventy-Two Changes of Craftsmen.