Cheng Lin Yunnan, China

Taking up tin art from a young age, Cheng is a senior artist, craftsman and successor of Gejiu tin craft from Yunnan Province. He engaged in creative tin designs and also a sculptor of traditional stone molds. He was awarded many times for his works in national and provincial handcraft contests.

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How did you start your career?

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Tin is essential to our life in Gejiu, a place with rich tin ore. Ever since I was a young kid, I had toys made of tin. Later on I got to learn about tin utensils and art products under the influence of older generations. In 1996, I started a small studio to experiment and study tin art and craft with professionals and apprentices.

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Did you encounter any challenges?

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Yes, always. For example, I didn’t have enough money to buy the raw material because tin is not a cheap metal. If I want to do big scale artwork, it would cost me like tens of thousands yuan. Besides, I could encounter all kinds of problems to make ideas come into reality. It takes a lot of efforts and time in both cases.

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What is the greatest pleasure you find in your work?

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I’m most proud of my hometown Gejiu for its splendid cultural heritage. I’m happy that I could take the responsibility to carry it on.

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