“If you choose, keep doing it”, professional spirit of Wang Qingshuang, a 100-year-old lacquer artist in Taiwan

Million artist Wang Qingshuang was awarded the 41st Working Yuan Cultural Prize. At the age of 111, he continued to produce in his studio, at the age of 101. (Central News Agency)

Lacquer art takes time, and with patience, natural lacquer will become older and more beautiful. This year one million artist Wang Qingshung, 101 years old, has been in lacquer art since the age of 15. His son Wang Jianmin said with a smile that his father once remarked, “If you want to be good at the lacquer art, you have to live longer.”

Anyone who sees Wang Qingshuang for the first time will never think that he is over a hundred years old, that he speaks powerfully, and that his mind is concentrated.photographyReporters would silently rotate photos taken together, and show the camera the intricate patterns that best showcase their skills. He and his 97-year-old wife live in a factory-cum-household. Only the electric chair lift connecting the first and second floors can make the most of their age feel.

The word “craftsman” originates from Japan, and the 80-year-old works of Wang Qingshuang have become the best example of “craftsman”. (Central News Agency)

Half of the house on the first floor is a factory dotted with cardboard boxes, wrapping paper, and large tools, attached to a white wall, and the other half is a reception hall containing the “Light of Craftsmanship” and the “Master of Arts”. “There are such plaques. “. Upon a closer look, the lacquer paintings on the wall and the lacquerware on the walls are not only signed by “Wang Qingson”, representing Wang Qingshung, but also by Wang Jianmin, Wang Jianzhi and grandsons Wang Junwei’s sons are also named.Three generations accompanied him during the interview, full of speed.

Wang Jianzhi said that in the past, his father mostly focused on the factory he set up (Mayan Craft Company) and his own artistic creation.

Wang Jianzhi joked that because he and his brother went out to the exhibition, others “follow the line” to find his father, as he used Wang Qingsan as the name of the art exhibition in his early years. and the sound of ‘three’ and ‘shuang’ are very similar, and he is also the first in the family. Three children, no one knows Wang Qingshuang by his name.”

Possessing a skill, Wang Qingshung entered the Taichung Arts and Crafts School at the age of 15 to study in the department of lacquer engineering, and receivedJapanRecommended by Mr. Yamanaka, a craftsman and principal at the time, he went to Japan to study at the Arts and Crafts Department of the Tokyo Academy of Fine Arts (now Tokyo University of the Arts), becoming one of Taiwan’s first craftsmen. To study in Japan. He studied the craft during the day and followed other teachers at night or during holidays.statueAnd the gum color painting, the crop is full, the first thing to return to Taiwan is to return to Taichung Arts and Crafts College to teach.

Lacquer artist Wang Qingshuang has been into lacquer art since the age of 15, and he continues to create at the age of 100.  (Central News Agency)
Lacquer artist Wang Qingshuang has been into lacquer art since the age of 15, and he continues to create at the age of 100. (Central News Agency)

Wang Qingshuang said that his idea at the time was to study as much as possible. “Learning with others after class is more helpful to the country.”

Wang Jianmin said that his father once mentioned that Taiwanese students who went to Japan to study in those years were very serious, “because not everyone could live in the local educational system and continue to study.” so they could study whatever they learned. For a short period of time. Japanese teachers are very strict, if you don’t do well, I’ll throw my chores at the door, and those who come back They are very good.”

With the foundation of art and the superb skills cultivated by the arts and crafts school, Wang Qingshuang not only established Meian Arts & Crafts Co., Ltd., which made people see that handicrafts could be practical and beautiful, but also Forgotten inherited. In 1954, his family moved from Taichung to Nantu. He and artist Yan Shuilong co-founded the Nantou County Craft Research Class (now the National Taiwan Craft Research and Development Center), and served as an educator for artisans to continue farming.

During the conversation, Wang Qingshuang sat on the leather sofa at the reception, wearing a beige plaid shirt with a stiff neckline and black suit pants. He seemed a little restrained. When they were talking about her story, the only words “lacquer” from the goodness of Taiwan’s lacquer trees to the wonders of natural lacquer, light up in her eyes and ignite the “spirit of the teacher”, in her ears. could go.

Wang Qingshuang said that Taiwanese lacquer was imported from China, Nanyang and elsewhere in the early days. Later, Taiwan planted it by itself, and the quality was very good. The central part is the most suitable place for lacquer production. He reached out and touched the lacquer-shaped pot in front of it. “It’s been 20 years. The longer a good natural lacquer is stored, the more beautiful it will become. It is not afraid of burning or water. Ordinary lacquer will not work.”

One Million artist Wang Qingshung and his 97-year-old wife live in a factory-cum-family home.  Wang Qingshung said that in the early days of Taiwan's lacquer...
One Million Artist Wang Qingshuang lives in a factory-cum-house with his 97-year-old wife. Wang Qingshung said that in the early days, lacquer in Taiwan was imported from China, Nanyang and other places. Where to paint? (Central News Agency)

Wang Qingshuang escorted the interview team to the second floor of the house, where his studio is located. A pair of simple tables and chairs face the large windows that let in natural light. He pointed to the tree outside the window and said that it was sumac. He picked up the empty tray in the shape of melons and fruits, introduced that it was the carcass of a million, and when he went to painting a million that he had completed the painting. If not, he suddenly whispered, “Actually, it’s really troublesome to make this lacquer.”

Such trouble, Wang Qingshuang has worked hard for more than 80 years, from the early days of making lacquerware to the age of 70. By taking out the previous works and repairing them, sometimes I start painting new works, and I can continue to paint for 5 or 6 hours after a while. The first thing I do when I wake up is go to the studio and check in.

Wang Junwei said that lacquerware or lacquer painting is a work that takes a long time to complete, such as lacquerware, it can take half a year to make a basic base, and then draw lines on it . Painting time depends on climate and temperature, very cold and very cold. You can’t paint even when it’s hot. To make the work brighter, you need to use sandpaper to gently grind it after painting. It may take dozens of times to grind a pattern.

Wang Jianzhi said, Handmade lacquer works that can only be completed after a series of processes, Wang Jianzhi said, because of this, my father’s works are really few, and sometimes he really observes his father’s actions very well, “But my father would always grind again, he would often say that his work never went well.

The word “craftsman” originates from Japan, and the 80-year-old works of Wang Qingshuang have become the best example of “craftsman”. After the interview, the old man went back from the studio to the living room next door with satisfaction, and did not forget to say goodbye to the visiting team.

Before leaving, Wang Junwei recalled his grandfather’s words, “My grandfather said that the word craftsman in Japan means to do a job well, and he chose lac art and kept doing it. It was the craftsman’s work.” The feeling is what he knows.”

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