Young artisan focuses on replication of classical celadon incense burners
Lin Song checks clay bases for celadon incense burners at his studio in Longquan, East China's Zhejiang province, May 20, 2019. [Photo by Weng Xinyang/Xinhua]
Born in 1993, Lin Song is a native of Longquan, home to China's best celadon wares. He received professional training in both his hometown and Jingdezhen, another important porcelain hub of China.
Lin had also followed other celadon artisans for years before setting up a studio back home in 2014, focusing on the replication of classical celadon incense burners.
Lin's personal collection has grown to over 40 celadon incense burners, which he uses as samples for replicas. So far, more than 20 models have been successfully remade.
Making replicas of classical celadon incense burners is not an easy task, says Lin. According to him, in order to revive the aura of the artifact in question, one has to undergo rounds of experiments during the whole remaking process, be it the clay base, the glazing or the form.
In addition to building his own kilns, the young man has even resorted to gathering clay around ancient celadon kilns for the best possible raw material in an attempt to capture the essence of classical Longquan celadon wares.