Li Minority Pottery: Feats of Clay, Feast of Civilization

By Nicki Johnson / HICN / Updated: 22:25,03-September-2021

“Making clay into kettles, and gourds into containers”, these everyday pieces of pottery, these cook pots and wine jugs, were once necessities for the Li people from the day they were born to the day they died. As an inheritor of the national-level intangible heritage art of Li Pottery, Yang Bailiang began learning how to make pottery from her mother when she was 11 years old. She has molded and fired clay into countless thousands of pots, and the ancient art runs deep in her veins. Now, her daughter Huang Yuying has taken up the pottery mantle and has become the next generation to inherit the intangible cultural heritage art of Li Pottery. She continues to use coils of clay to create this traditional form of pottery.

The Hainan Seen Through the Lens of Culture documentary miniseries follows the concept of showing real people, real objects, and real life to tell stories from an inside perspective, focusing on Intangible Cultural Heritage and elderly artisans. This episode, Li Minority Pottery: Feats of Clay, Feast of Civilization, tells the stories of 95 year old Li Pottery master Yang Bailiang and her daughter Huang Yuying, shows how the ancient art of Li Pottery is made, and lets you hear the stories and the legends of the ancestors of the Li people and their lives along the Changhua River.

Chief Planners: Han Chaoguang, Luo Jianli

Chief Producers: Hu Xufa, Lin Ying, Ao Kun

Executive Producer: Liu Shili

Writer and Director: Lei Yaping

Videographers: Li Hao, Cao Zhi

Video Editors: Lei Yaping, Cao Zhi 

Reporter: Su Liang

Visual Designer: Hong Shengwei

Translators: Nicki Johnson, Marian Rosenberg

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