【Explanation】Curium porcelain is an ancient Chinese folk craft, which refers to the technique of combining the broken parts of porcelain with two hooked nails. Recently, in the studio of Wu Donghao, a curium porcelain artist in the harbor district of Qinhuangdao City, Hebei Province, he was holding tools to restore a Qing Dynasty Xizi jar. Mr. Wu said he had been in the business for 33 years and had restored tens of thousands of pieces of porcelain.

【Contemporaneous】Curium porcelain artist Wu Donghao

I learned this craft from my grandfather's generation, because I was brought up by my grandfather since I was a child, and my grandfather has been engaged in this curium porcelain industry all his life. When I was 14 years old, I basically learned my craft and had my own store in our old Chaoyang Street department store in Qinhuangdao.

【Commentary】On Wu Donghao's workbench, there are dozens of large and small tools such as diamond diamonds, pliers, and tweezers. He said that with the prosperity and development of China's porcelain industry, a broken utensil needs to go through sewing, positioning, punching, nailing and other processes before it can be repaired.

【Contemporaneous】Curium porcelain artist Wu Donghao

Curium porcelain is according to the size of the utensil (make the nail), the size of each utensil, the height of the nails are different, for example, our big joy character jar, according to the direction of its crack, at its inflection point for cross-type punching, the distance of each hole is standard, (if) the wrong selection of the nail, will lead to the second damage of the porcelain, so the thickness and length of the nail is based on this vessel, not that each type uses the same nail, which is wrong.

【Explanation】Traditional curium porcelain, tinkering, most of them are mainly practical, and the real curium porcelain is to rise to the restoration aesthetics. Over the years, in order to improve his curium porcelain skills, Wu Donghao often visited some old craftsmen in various places to learn from each other's strengths.

【Contemporaneous】Curium porcelain artist Wu Donghao

About 20 years ago, a friend abroad brought a crystal cup, after it was cracked, (to) come to me to curium, (at that time) did not receive, why did not receive, its characteristics of this glass are not the same as porcelain, it punches holes at the same time, if you (hit) too fast, it will explode at high temperature, if it explodes, your one hole will become a lot of capillary these fragments, so it is a pity to say that the artifact (not repaired) is still a pity. Since that day, I have been studying non-stop.

Wu Donghao said that from the beginning of his supply of some daily necessities to the common people, to now basically only repairing tea sets, tea cups and even old objects, we can clearly see the changes in China's social development and the improvement of the people's living standards. He said that the former curium craftsmen and today's curium craftsmen are very different in the sense of curium objects and curium, and today's curium porcelain carries people's memories and emotions.

【Contemporaneous】Curium porcelain artist Wu Donghao

Each piece of porcelain repaired can reflect the living standards and cultural literacy of each era, and the improvement of living standards (of the people) will change with the different patterns of porcelain.

Chen Shiyu reports from Qinhuangdao

Responsible Editor: [Wang Yu]