Born in Keelung, Taiwan in 1976, Zheng, Yuan-zhe graduated from the Department of Fine Arts of National Taichung University of Education. Specializing in fine arts and ceramics, he is currently a teacher of elementary school, a director of Chinese Ceramics Association Taiwan, and a director of Hsinchu Qingxi members of the new literature.
Zheng Yuanzhe uses the most ordinary items (woodfire) and simple shapes to create utensils that are closest to human life. “Things in a variety are made of clay and then finally revert to ashes, such as a pickle urn, a tea can, a vase, a cooking basin, a water jar, a pot used for wine brewing, a sacrificial cup, a toast cup, an earthen figure accompanied with those passed away, a bone urn, etc.” It is inspired by this observation that artist does not like to enamel the daily used articles he creates. This way of creativity encourages people to retrieve back to interactive relationship between mankind and the earth.
In addition to utensils, he also made the series of animals. Nocturnal owls have always been mysterious and have different symbols and interpretations in different cultures. When the owl came to our daily life in the form of cute ceramic artwork, the interactive connection between people and animals and the land seems to be no longer so alienated.