Fuzhou cork carvings are considered one of Fuzhou’s three treasures along with bodiless lacquer ware and Shoushan stone carvings.The craftsman’s combination of talented carving skills and traditional painting techniques make it a unique art form applauded by the art world.
Cork carvings were born and took shape in the beginning of Republic of China period. The art of cork carving was started in a process very similar to that in which Issaic Newton stumbled on the Law of Gravity by observing a falling apple. Mr. Wu Qiqi, known as the “father of cork carving art”, created some lovely postcards by carving away the cypress wood from the old fashioned life buoy. These creations came about in the year of 1910 while Mr. Wu was a student in a local art school. (more…)