Date: November 10, 2015
MOC reveals top craft award winner
Chang Chi-tao was named the recipient of the National Crafts Achievement Award, the top
honor in Taiwan’s crafts sector, by the Ministry of Culture Nov. 9.
“Chang is being recognized for his commitment to preserving and researching traditional glazes, as well as developing innovative glazing techniques,” an MOC official said. “He also works tirelessly to pass the artistic torch to the younger generation.”
The 83-year-old soldier-turned-ceramist was born in Hunan province, mainland China. He began his apprenticeship at the age of 45 under the late Lin Pao-chia, known as the father of Taiwan ceramics, after working at two U.S. appliance companies and as the manager of a ceramics factory until its closure.
According to the MOC, Chang learned the true essence of ceramics from Lin and is revered for his unique and fascinating Drunken Scarlet—a camouflage glaze giving ceramic works a cracked look—as well as Jun wares, a type of Chinese celadon first created during the Northern Song dynasty (960-1127). [FULL STORY]