Hua Kaishun, 66, a dough sculptor from the Hailing district of Taizhou city in East China's Jiangsu province dedicates most of his time to dough sculptures.
In the process, he's inherited the traditional skills and is developing them further.
Hua Kaishun and his artworks. [Photo/WeChat ID: weihailing0523]
"I have always had a passion for sculpting dough figures since I was young. Although I have worked in other industries and done well, I still love making dough figures," said Hua, who used to be a tailor.
During his school days, he often saw dough sculptors showing off their skills on the streets. The transformation of ordinary dough into various flowers, birds and lifelike characters left a deep impression on him.
"For me, this is my 'true love' and I cannot let it go!" he said.
On Hua's display shelf, there are more figures popular among today's children, such as Ultraman and characters from the game Plants vs. Zombies.
"Creating cartoon characters is for a living, as they sell well. But making the Four Classic Novels of Chinese literature is my pursuit," he said.
"Through my dough sculptures, I want to pass on these classic stories to others," Hua added.