Here’s a change of pace: ceramics! Xing Liangkun, whose ceramics may be found in permanent collections across the land, has patented his own technique on making ceramics. I encountered Liangkun’s work while researching rights-holders and am impressed. It seems that he is well-respected in China and throughout the world. For more:

As a child, he grew up in his sister’s home in Dalian. After leaving school early, Xing worked as a farmer, carpenter, welder and gardener. It was as a cultivator of a new breed of Lily, that Xing became financially independent.

With this new found wealth, he soon turned his attention to collecting pottery, particularly Japanese pottery, and within 10 years had put together one of China’s largest private collections of Japanese ceramics. In 1989, a Japanese collector offered him US$13 million for the collection, but Xing refused and instead donated it to a local museum. He then decided that he wanted not only to collect, but also to make pottery. He doggedly set out to learn what he could about throwing, glazing and firing, in the process giving up all his belongings, selling his house and even losing his wife, who divorced him.

Eventually, Xing mastered a technique where the glaze exhibits sunken cracks. Xing refers to this technique as the “deep-base vein hacking ceramic glaze”. Experimenting further with this technique, Xing also developed a method whereby the cracks protrude.

He supposedly only sells so that charities might make money off his work. Not bad priorities. Still, I wish he was a little bit more famous here so that I could get a mailing address to send him a good old fashioned non-exclusive copyright license proposal.