Craftsman keeps ancient ceramic tradition alive

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Craftsman keeps ancient ceramic tradition alive
Zhang Zhizhong checks white porcelain clay to be fired in the kiln at Xingyao Culture Expo Park in Lincheng county, North China’s Hebei province, on June 5. [Photo/Xinhua]

The Xing Kiln, or Xingyao, was one of the famous kilns of the Sui (581-618) and Tang (618-907) dynasties. In 2014, the Xing ware technique was listed as a national intangible cultural heritage. Zhang Zhizhong, a 59-year-old inheritor, became a prolific craftsman after he systematically analyzed and perfected his technique starting in 1980. In addition, Zhang always teaches at a local ceramic expo park and local schools to let more people know the intricacies of Xing ware and inherit this traditional skill.

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