Law Chung-man is an artist of dough figurine crafting, namely the art of sculpting dolls made of steamed flour doughs. This traditional art is believed to have more than two thousand years in China and was recognized as the country’s National Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2008.
It requires years for artists to master sculpting facial expressions and gestures. Artists often created characters from famous Chinese folk tales or novels such as “Journey to the West” and “Romance of the Three Kingdoms”. However, modern elements may be added nowadays to attract people. For example, Mr. Law demonstrated how to make a mouse inspired from the Disney Movie “Ratatouille”.
Law Chung-man is a master of dough figurines.
The dough figurine is a type of traditional Chinese art that dolls are made of steamed flour. However, the process of how to make a dough remains a secret.
There are different tools and plastic knives to shape the faces of different dolls.
Mr. Law was demonstrating how to make a cartoon mouse. He was inspired by the Disney movie “Ratatouille.”
The art of making dough doll becomes an intangible cultural heritage.
Mr. Law has over two decades of experience in making dough figurines. With his hands full of wrinkles, he can create the finest dolls.
A special knife is used to shape the facial expression of the mouse.
White glue is often used to bind different pieces together.
There are a lot of small details and the master need to pay extra attention.
Being concentrated and focused on making the figurines, it could be tiring for Mr. Lo who is not young anymore.
Whenever Mr. Law has finished a piece, he feels satisfied.
One of the proudest collections Mr. Law has ever made is a set of animals and fruit which show a lot of details.