Bian Xiaodong crafts his gravity-defying artworks from kaolin clay produced in Jingdezhen —a part of east China’s Jiangxi Province famous for their heritage of creating fine porcelain. His sleek ceramics mimic falling droplets, however their inverted forms drip upwards rather than down.
Bian Xiaodong has long been refining his technique with fine porcelain for many years, resulting in porcelain shapes thin as an eggshell. After putting the clay to silicone moulds, Bian turns the pieces upside down and lets gravity do the work to create the unique shape. After the body was dry, it was fired at 1350℃.
Bian Xiaodong studied BA in Environmental Art Design at Wuchang Institute of Technology, he established the Raindrop Ceramic Design Studio in Jingdezhen in February 2012. The artist has exhibited at Salon International du Patrimoine Culturel, Beijing International Design Week 2012, Asia Contemporary Ceramic Exchange Exhibition 2010, etc.
His work ‘Cocoon’ was awarded Excellence Award at The 11th International Ceramics Competition in Mino, Japan; Nominee of 29th Gold Coast International Ceramic Art Award; and was acquired by the China Ceramic Museum in 2013. ‘Raindrops’ was collected by the Hong Kong Museum of Contemporary Art M+ In 2016.
All images by China Design Centre, Phoebe Guo