Skilled craftsman creates figurines from dough

  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 06 Jan 2004

SHANGHAI: Give him some 20 minutes or so and he can knead rice flour dough into a figurine resembling you or various other interesting personalities such as Mickey Mouse and the Goddess of Mercy. 

Dough sculpture artisan Wang Xing, 60, of Shanghai, said many people were impressed with his skill and the amazing figurines of themselves. 

With rice flour and “strengthening” powder as the main materials, dough sculptures are mixed with coloured dyes and antiseptic. 

Dough sculpture is a traditional folk art of over 1,000 years and dough figurines are of historic personalities, opera artistes and mythological figures. 

FORMING FIGURINE: Wang demonstrating his skill at his stall in Shanghai. Dough sculpture is a very popular Chinese folk handicraft.

It is also a very popular Chinese folk handicraft.  

Wang said he spent three months some 15 years ago to learn the technique.  

“Being an artist, I have always loved drawing and painting and I believe my background in art has helped me do a better job,” he said in an interview recently. 

Wang said he found it more challenging to make a miniature bust than just shaping some traditional rice flour figurines.  

Of the famous figurines he had made, Wang remembered the 1998 Nobel Prize winner of medicine Dr Ferid Murad, who visited Shanghai for a medical conference.  

“He was so happy to receive the miniature bust that he laughed like a child and kept posing with it,” he added. 

Wang will demonstrate his dough sculpture art at an exhibition now being held at the Universal Walk in First World Plaza, Genting Highlands from Friday to Feb 8.  

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