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Making sculptures out of clay

06-22-2010 11:07 BJT

BEIJING, June 22 (Xinhaunet) -- An elderly man holding a chunk of clay and a chisel is concentrating hard in his 20-square-meter workshop. A character from the Outlaws of the Marsh, one of the four most famous classical works of Chinese literature, slowly begins to take shape.

Bo Ziyang adds color to one of his clay figures. Over the past 50 years, he has made sculptures out of clay collected from the Yellow River.(Source: China Daily)
Bo Ziyang adds color to one of his clay figures. Over the past 50 years, he has made 
sculptures out of clay collected from the Yellow River.(Source: China Daily)

Bo Ziyang, 68, of Jinan, Shandong province, has spent the past 50 years making sculptures out of clay collected from the Yellow River.

Before starting a piece of work, he always finds representative photos of the characters he sculpts, reads about them and then chooses the appropriate clay.

"All of the clay sculptures I have created are made of Yellow River clay. The river that has given birth to the Chinese is also my creative source," Bo says.

But it is not easy to find Yellow River clay suited to sculpting. Only clay that is highly sticky and contains no sand can be used. For the past 50 years, Bo's quest for the right clay has seen him going to the river bank religiously every week.

"The moment I find satisfactory clay is my happiest moment. The clay gives soul to the sculptures," Bo says.

Once the clay is chosen, the next steps involve its shaping, polishing and airing, before the adding of color.

This calls for particular care, as the process requires great patience and perseverance.

"Adding color contributes 70 percent to a good clay sculpture," Bo says.

His hands have so far shaped figures from A Dream of Red Mansions, The Outlaws of the Marsh and prominent figures from Chinese history.

In 1997, when Hong Kong returned to the motherland, Bo came up with clay sculptures of 88 Chinese celebrities including late Chairman Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping.


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