Zhihan Liu

Published: 28.06.2021
Zhihan Liu Zhihan Liu
Tongzhou District


I graduated from M.F.A in Metal Craft and Jewelry, Faculty of Craft & Design, College of Fine Arts, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea, as an undergraduate in 2013, and then finished my MFA in Metal Craft and Jewelry, Faculty of Craft & Design, College of Fine Arts, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea, in 2016. During my study in Korea, I systematically studied the metal craft and received design education, especially the logic of designing. However, I always consider myself as a craft woman and insist that only on the basis of complete technology can I create better works. Since then, I have worked as a metal craft teacher in CAFA (China Central Academy of Fine Arts City Design School) and established my own hand-making jewellery brand Jeeham-Yoo in 2018. I as well have got some prizes, the valuable ones of which, for instance, are what I have got at 18th Silver Triennial International, Hanau, Germany and 2017 China National Arts Fund, Beijing, China.


I use more metal plates when making utensils. Metal is superior to other materials in strength and hardness, but the strength of a single wire is still weak. In my works, I hope to use metal wires to make vessels, which can not only maintain the uniqueness and beauty of the lines but also make the metal wire vessels have the supporting force compared with metal plate vessels through structural changes.
In my works, I chose the raw lacquer, one of the natural paints, to do the surface treatment of the vessels. The raw lacquer is not only harmless to the human body but also special for its corrosion prevention. After the protective film treatment on the flavonoid line, the brass wire can be oxidized slowly. Even if it is oxidized, it will be processed cleanly inside the protective film of the lacquer, which will not cause harm to the human body.

The colour of the metal is very single, but the surface treatment with raw lacquer also enriches it. When the paint just dries, it will be dull in color, in sharp contrast to the bright metal, making the metal even more dazzling. But as time goes by, the metal oxidizes slowly, becoming dim without light, and raw lacquer will get more and more bright, outstanding the precipitation feeling of metal.

When using metal wires to make utensils, I did not follow certain rules. Instead, I follow the feeling of my hands. It feels like sketching with wires. In such a way of production, I can make full use of the self-usage of lines and let them play their own music as if they were alive.

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Exhibition  16 Aug 2020 - 23 Aug 2020  Catch the Shadow by Zhihan Liu.
Meeting  01 Mar 2020 - 30 May 2020  Person-to-Person Transmission.
Exhibition  27 Oct 2019 - 09 Jan 2020  Silver Triennial, 19th International Competition Exhibition.
Exhibition  18 Oct 2019 - 28 Oct 2019  Beijing International Jewelry Art Exhibition 2019.
Exhibition  06 Nov 2016 - 12 Jan 2017  Silver Triennial, 18th International Competition Exhibition.
Award  07 Jan 2016 - 11 Jul 2016  Silver Triennial, 18th International Competition Award.

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Book:  Silver Triennial International. 19th Worldwide Competition. GfG; Weber-Stöber, ChristianneArnoldsche Art Publishers:  Stuttgart,  2019
Book:  Silver Triennial International. 18th Worldwide Competition. Arnoldsche Art Publishers:  Stuttgart,  2016
Magazine:  Concerto - The charm of vessels made of metal wires. Fujian Province Federation of Literary and Art Circles:  Beijing,  2016
ARTTITUDE September 2016; P. 54 - 60.
Catalogue:  Geometry Lamp. KOFUSO International Furniture Design Seminar& Exhibition:  Seoul,  2013
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