Sun has unremittingly pursued his craft for over 50 years
By: Ryan Drillsma, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan news) — The 2018 National Craft Achievement Awards award ceremony was held today, and the prize was presented to pottery artist Sun Chao (孫超), 89, who has dedicated his life to crystalline glaze creations.
The Craft Achievement Awards are held each year by the National Craft Research and Development Institute. Current Minister of Culture Ming Li-chiun (鄭麗君) pointed out that the prize has been running for 12 years and has long been supported by the ministry.
The minister added that her department has always attached importance to craftsmanship and encourages artists to utilize Taiwan’s rich history of craft to reengage modern citizens with traditional cultures. She said this ought not to be the goal of individual artists but the long-term aim of cultural construction work.
Prize jurist and artistic director of design company New Chi Art said participants in the award had their works rigorously assessed by nine judges. After deliberation, judges unanimously decided Sun Chao was to be this year’s recipient.