Some ceramic friends asked what are the difficulties in the carving process of Jianshui purple pottery. I think there are the following four difficulties.
1、 The depth of engraving depends on experience
On the wet green body, the writing and painting handwriting are engraved with sharp and small carving knife. When the thickness of the green body is less than 1 cm, and even the thickness of many small pieces is generally less than 0.5 cm, how to ensure that the engraving does not damage the green body, but also ensures the smooth completion of filling and finishing, tests the perception ability of the gardener.
The cut is too shallow and the thickness of filling mud is not enough. During subsequent finishing and final grinding, it is likely to repair or grind off some decorative pictures
If the cutting depth is too deep, even if the green body is cut through, it will cause damage immediately; even if there is no engraving, it is easy to crush the green body when filling mud, or it is easy to burn and crack when firing.
The thickness of each green body will not be the same, so the engraver needs to rely on his own experience to determine the depth of engraving. Without long-term accumulation, it is difficult to achieve excellence.
2、 Irregular zigzag lines make engraving more difficult
Whether it is painting or calligraphy on the body, the lines are random, and zigzag and irregular. The engraver relies on his hands to rotate flexibly during the operation, which is extremely complicated. Especially some fine lines, often carve a small part will consume a lot of time and energy.
3、 The original charm of calligraphy and painting lines should be carefully preserved
This is also the most important field in Jianshui purple pottery carving. No matter how well decorated a work is, if the gardener can’t carve out the charm of the original painting and calligraphy, the clay filled picture will be greatly reduced.
The decorative styles and themes involved are different, and the requirements for engraving will also vary greatly. If it is a delicate and complicated landscape painting, cursive script or other themes such as feathers and architectural details, it often takes years or even decades of accumulation of engravers to complete it.
4、 The hardest part is patience
Engraving is actually a very easy to make people feel boring work, staring at the irregular, dense lines every day, it is easy to make people feel tired and lose patience.
But engraved flower is a work which needs patience extremely, is not patient and meticulous, can not be quiet, is not good at this job.
Whether it is the front three points or many other details, we need patience and care in the end, which is the most difficult in the whole engraving process.