The time scale for measuring contemporary art needs just one hundred years, while the time scale for measuring ceramic art needs from one thousand or ten thousand years.
The magic power of ceramic art lies in soil and fire. Fire is a natural process, while the soil comes from the earth. Human beings are the ones who connect the sky and the earth, which is a historical metaphor of primitive ceramic arts. However, today it has been forgotten.
Excellent ceramists should resort to the magic powers of soil and fire and express spirituality in the blending of the two. They must respect the nature of the soil, realize the enthusiasm of the fire, try to control and release the natural power of them. Excellent ceramists don’t defy the nature and beauty of soil and fire, and unify the sky and the earth. The nature of soil and fire should become the prerequisite that the ceramists use to express the temperature of their humanity. The artists should develop humanity to unify the sky and the earth.
Gao Zhenyu is one such ceramist.