Gaomi, Shandong: Clay sculptures make tigers show new faces, new clothes and a better life

2022-05-01 0 By

In the year of tiger, there is a clay sculpture named tiger, which is an old craft of more than 400 years in Gaomi.Through their own painstaking creation, the local clay artists make the enduring “clay sculpture called tiger” look new, wear new clothes, and present a new attitude to a better life.A group of children play a game of “mud tiger” during the New Year holiday in Nijiazhuang, Gaomi City.With the arrival of the year of the Tiger in 2022, a colorful, tangible and interesting mud tiger made by local folk artists has become a popular New Year online sensation.Gaomi clay sculpture is an ancient traditional folk handicraft with a history of more than 400 years.With the development of The Times, nie Jia Zhuang clay sculptures with simple shapes and colorful colors have gradually become a popular folk art form with a strong sense of interaction and participation in the process of people’s playing, and entered the life of ordinary people.According to Nie Chenxi, the gaomi clay sculpture artist, this is a tiger head made of clay embryo, with a whistle made of natural reed in the middle. This is the tiger tail. Then they are connected together with high-grade leather and pushed back and forth, so that they can make a sound.Will call is the biggest characteristic of Nijiazhuang clay sculpture, is the only one in the country.In order to adapt the traditional clay sculptures to the development of The Times, Lao Nie and his son Nie Peng added many new elements to the clay sculptures called Hujia.Driven by the Year of the Tiger, the sales volume of Clay sculptures in Gaomi Nijiazhuang has increased by more than 20%.Nie Peng, a clay sculpture artist from Gaomi, said that the combination of patterns and elements in the practice of civilization in the new era makes them more lovely and adorable, which is in line with people’s modern aesthetic characteristics.In 2021, Nie Peng, a young man born after 1990, also applied for the establishment of Nijiazhuang Clay Sculpture Professional Cooperative and led local villagers to develop together. He also jointly developed cultural and creative derivatives of Gaomi clay sculpture with the doctoral team of Shenzhen Graduate School of Tsinghua University, further promoting the cultural brand of Gaomi clay sculpture.Ma Yao, PhD of Design of Shenzhen Graduate School of Tsinghua University, introduced that currently we are jointly developing cultural and creative derivatives with Nie Jiazhuang mud-sculpture to promote the creation, development and innovation transformation of Chinese traditional tiger culture, so that it can better integrate into contemporary people’s life, and radiate new vitality and vitality.With the joint efforts of the two generations, gaomi clay sculpture named Tiger has gone abroad with the help of e-commerce livestreaming and cultural exchange platforms, conducting cultural exchanges and exhibitions in more than 20 countries such as France and Germany.Nie Peng, the inheritor of Gaomi clay sculptures, said that as the youngest inheritor in the village, I am very passionate and hardworking.I will make more powerful clay sculptures to drive more young people to engage in the intangible cultural heritage project and carry it forward.Reporter Zhou Mingxiu gaoxin station hu Jianglin Xingcheng statement: this article copyright belongs to the original author, if there is a source error or infringement of your legitimate rights and interests, you can contact us through email or wechat, we will deal with it in a timely manner.Email address:;Wechat id: Jiupai6688 (Note to add and withdraw)