Koji Potter | Chen Shih-jen
Did You Know That … ?
- Chen Shih-jen is the grandson of the illustrious Chen Tian-chi (陳天乞), from whom he learned the cut-and-paste technique for making Koji pottery after dropping out of school at grade five.
- In classical Koji pottery, the figures have a head-to-body ratio of 1 to 5 (or 1 to 6). Great attention is paid to the posture, garment, and accessories to ensure liveliness.
- Chen became recognized as a national preserver of his craft at the age of 28. The handiwork of the Chen clan – Chen, his grandfather, father, and uncle – can be found in most temples in northern Taiwan.
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Chen (center) pictured with his grandfather, Chen Tian-chi (right).
Demonstrating the cutting-and-pasting technique.
Displaying the clippers used in the cutting-and-pasting technique.
Demonstrating the art of making Koji pottery.
A Koji pottery figurine waiting to be painted.
Decorative pottery made by the Chen clan can be found at the Fujing Temple in Da'an District, Taipei.
While Chen was responsible for the roof renovation of the Chen De-xing Hall in Datung District, Taipei.