Linxia, a city in northwest China’s Gansu province, is home to many Majiayao cultural relics, with painted pottery dating back over 5,000 years.
Ma Heimai, a craftsman from Linxia who was born in the 1970s, still uses a local ancient Majiayao painted pottery technique today.
Ma enjoyed playing with clay as a child, and turned his interest into a way to make a living.
Now, he’s set up a pottery factory with the help of the local government, with its output amounting to over 8,000 pieces of pottery a year.
At the same time, Ma holds ceramic art classes to provide more opportunities for young people who are interested in the craft, passing on his wisdom to younger generations.
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