Gently blowing the breath of light to make a candle, but can let a bowl shake up. If the blow is a little bigger, the bowl is in danger of breaking because it is too thin, thinner than the eggshell, like half the hair.
This thin, the bowl can be as light as a feather webs hold up, if you put it in playing symphony to the speaker, it will be like a jelly with the sound vibration “dance” to subvert the people’s minds on ceramic impression.
This “dancing bowl” comes from Huang Zhengnan, a famous Potter in Taiwan, China. He used the professional scale measurement, eggshell thickness of 0.4 mm, 0.3 mm thick and his name card, he made the thinnest eggshell bowl only 0.05 mm. As a result, he gave himself the name of “egg film porcelain” which he made to break the broken porcelain. In the light, the flowers painted in the bowl are clearly visible outside the bowl.
When the guests wanted to pick up a piece of “egg membrane porcelain” fragments, how thin they felt, Huang Zhengnan told the guests to be careful, once the fragments pierced the skin, it would be hard to find them. He has been operated on several times for this.
200 years of pottery history in New Taipei City District of Taiwan is the largest ceramic producing areas, known as the “Taiwan Jingdezhen”, thousands of ceramic factory and more than 2000 ceramic shops gathered here. The four generations of the Huang Zhengnan family in the ceramics to make for a living, was training hard ware art Huang Zhengnan has been engaged in ceramic industry for more than 40 years.
In the late 90s of last century, Huang Zhengnan visited Jingdezhen and became interested in the porcelain works of mainland porcelain master. He then devoted his energies to the research of thin tire porcelain.
At first he used traditional ceramic materials, but every burn must break, and he realized that it was necessary to increase the ductility of the soil. He often can’t sleep at night and think about the recipe all night. Later, he chose the British, Japan and New Zealand China clay kaolin developed exclusive formula, and precise control of furnace temperature.
“To repair the billet is another key. It is very difficult to burn the billet once. It will burn 9 to 12 times in all. The first few times are cut with a blade. Finally, it depends on the grinding. The thickness of the whole bowl must be very uniform, a little uneven, and it will deform during the burning process. ” Huang Zhengnan said.
This need to consume eyesight and wrist bold but cautious. Every step is full of unknowns, the thinner and bigger the bowl, the lower the success rate. He had not been able to count how many times he had failed, and the broken thin tire bowl could heap a mountain.
“When you make it, you must concentrate on it. If you don’t care, the bowl will break. So I usually make it at night and don’t bring my cell phone into the studio. Once upon a time, the broken bowl too much, so I entered the studio with a phobia, hand shaking, I can only say a little slower, a little slower, let yourself calm down.” Huang Zhengnan said.
Even if the eggshell produced, the artist paint is blank risky, no one will be broken if the brush painting, overweight, or too thick glaze, burn out and may break the bowl.
Over the past 10 years, Huang Zhengnan has made 10 thin fetuses whose diameter is over 35 centimeters, and the largest diameter is 53 centimeters. They are fixed in the glass cabinet of the studio, so they dare not move again. Earthquakes in Taiwan often pose a threat to such a thin bowl.
Huang Zhengnan said that a bowl of 53 centimeters in diameter could not have been done, and the success rate of the small bowl could reach 20 – 30%.
The “dancing bowl” attracted the Norway painters to draw pictures on the bowl and collect bowls from the bowls. The collector used Huang Zhengnan to change bowls with the high speed sports car, and made him the only Taiwan Potter who had been exhibited in Shanghai World Expo in 2010 and visited the mainland many times. And in the exchange with the mainland counterparts, Huang Zhengnan can produce new ideas, hoping to continue to innovate in the field of ceramic art.
Although Huang Zhengnan’s works broke the existing world’s thinnest bowl record, but because the production process is confidential, he has not carried on Guinness records.