Craftsmen turn shells into artwork in Pingtan

chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2023-01-05


A craftsman creates Pingtan shell carving artwork. [Photo/WeChat ID: gh_226783745f40]

In Fujian Province's Pingtan county, an island encircled by water, there are special shell resources. Pingtan residents created outstanding shell carvings in the last century by using wisdom and creativity to transform shells. Today, people are still in awe of the many colorful and inventive shell sculptures from Pingtan thanks to the tireless efforts of artisans.

Since they are created by nature, gorgeous, mysterious shells with a variety of textures have had a long-standing relationship with people. Pingtan's experienced shell carvers use the natural color, texture, and shape of the shells to create incredibly fashionable traditional handicrafts that are made with artistic design and craftsmanship.

The art, which has been added to the provincial intangible cultural heritage list, skillfully combines humanity with the sea, and features the natural beauty of shells, sculpture techniques, and the beauty of composition and style of traditional Chinese painting techniques. By incorporating Chinese and foreign cultures with creative innovation, the time-honored art is shining on the global stage.


A Pingtan shell carving. [Photo/WeChat ID: gh_226783745f40]


A colorful Pingtan shell carving. [Photo/WeChat ID: gh_226783745f40]

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