SHIYONG ZHU - China
Born in 1974 by Dongping Lake which is located in Dongping County,
Tai’an City, Shandong Province, I spent my childhood in joy.
Unfortunately, at the age of 7, I was misused too much streptomycin for
my illness, and then turned deaf and mute, unable to hear the voice from
outside or shout out my inner words.The voiceless years that followed
witnesses the process of my medical treatment, upon which my parents
based their desperate hope, during which how many doctors were visited
was even rather obscure to both of them. Watching the kids of my age or
even younger go happily to school, I envied them so much so that tears
came down my face. I didn’t cry when I sought medical care. I didn’t cry
either when I was given an acupuncture treatment. However, that time I
couldn’t help crying loudly: Why couldn’t I attend school like others?
After I had calmed myself down, I had a new perspective of my fate. As
to me, ceramic art is the only way I can communicate with the outside
world and the single language I can use to express my soul. Pottery is
my life, and that is all of me.
In 1987, aged 13, I was admitted into Laihu School of Deaf-mutes. In
1995, I furthered my vocational study of crafts and arts in Shandong
Special Education School. This laid a solid foundation for my later
development of ceramics.
I am keenly interested in art, devoting all of my heart and soul to the study of pottery works. Many years after arduous work and everlasting efforts, I have made some achievements: a number of works have been exhibited in pottery exhibitions at home and abroad, many of them even published in professional journals.
The Voice of Flute and Kung Fu
Displayed in the pottery works exhibition held by Shandong Celebrity Gallery in1998, and redisplayed in the exhibition of Chinese art works held by Shandong Museum in September 1999 and meanwhile were published in Jinan Daily.
Barefoot Running and Thousands of Words
Respectively published in Qilu Evening and Hong Kong Evening News in October 1999.
LifeSeries, Untitled Series, Fish Shape, and Pottery Jar
Shown in Jinan Shungeng International Convention and Exhibition Center and reshown in the Zibo International Convention and Exhibition Center in August 2010.
Exhibited in the 2rd China Yixing Ceramic Art Festival and also in the 3rd Yixing International Ceramic Festival (Yixing, Jiangsu Province) in 2012.
Displayed in the 10th Chinese Art Festival Pottery Exhibition, and also exhibited in Shandong Museum, and finally collected into the 10th Chinese Art Festival Pottery Works book (Shandong Art Publishing House) in October 2013.
A Female Model
Shown in the Shanghai Youth Art Exhibition held by Shanghai Liu Haisu Art Museum in November 2013.
The Living Fossil of Gong Chun
Exhibited among the series of activities entitled “Most Like Gong Chun, Different Lifestyles of Gong Chun, and Taste in Zen: which was held by the Chinese Pottery Network in April 2015.
Awarded the bronze medal in the activity by both Jiangsu Porrty Association and the Chinese Pottery Network in October 2015.
Hmong Village, Midsummer Night, and Sunday
Shown in the 4th Creative Ceramic Art Exhibition entitled “Ibo Cup” in November 2015, and was awarded the Bronze medal.
Displayed in the Danton Contemporary Comprehensive Art Exhibition in September 2017 which was held by the Chinese Sculpture Museum.
Shown in the 2nd Contemporary Purple Clay Sculpture Exhibition entitled “Reconstruction of the Purple Clay” which was jointly sponsored by the Jiangsu Province Sculptor Association, Jiangsu Province Ceramic Industry Association, Wuxi Federation, and the Design Institute of Jiangnan University in October 2017.
Shown in the 5th Creative Ceramic Art Exhibition entitled “Yibo Cup” in October 2017 , and was awarded the Bronze medal.
Awarded the excellent prize in the 2nd Jiangsu Ceramic Art Exhibition in October 2017.
Exhibited at the ceramic exhibition entitled “The Future of Asia” which was jointly sponsored by the Korea International Cultural Exchange Center and the Korean Ceramic society, and also collected by the International Ceramic Culture Exchange Center of Dankook University in November 2017.