Kao Gongji is the world’s earliest literature on crafts theory. It proposed a simple view on producing art, “the sky has tense, the ground has atmosphere, material has beauty, and work has skill, one is best with all four united”. To date, the porcelain concepts of Si Ji Shao still rely on the big idea behind these simple rules. When creating art, this idea influences the connections between my collection’s underglaze colour, glaze colour, clay and porcelain craft.
Si Ji Shao persists with a collection of handmade ceramics, which are formed with relatively more craft and material, and adhere to the original ideas of Kao Gongji.
Si Ji Shao works in plain hand-throwing manufacturing and keeps to the manual production of pottery, using traditional cylinders and spray base colouring, then drawings in multicoloured underglaze, manufactured also with airbrushed engravings and similar practices. The rough texture of works in clay and the exquisiteness of porcelain find a balance between one another, to form a distinctive matte texture.
The work is created on the basis of a balanced and self-satisfied state of mind, using picturesque paintings from life, such as the flowers and plants of the four seasons, and simply depicting the form and colour of an object. Primarily depicted in gloomy hues, the work balances and contrasts single colours in a plain pursuit of a simple, natural and pure realm.