Dough Figures: Zhang Bao Lin

Tiny dough figures of bride and groom alongside their photographsZhang Bao Lin lives and works in a modern high-rise in central Beijing, but his talent and passion stem from over 2,000 years of tradition and culture. Zhang creates extremely intricate and delicate dough figures from his home and studio in the city. Zhang has been practicing this art form for over forty years, since he was taught this ancient tradition by his teacher and mentor, a close family friend who was a master of the craft.

This seasoned artist earns his income by depicting historical figures, opera scenes, and everyday people through his dough sculptures. Zhang Bao Lin now has taken on his own student to whom he passes his years of knowledge and experience. Zhang is famous throughout China and has been asked to visit sixteen different countries to showcase his talents.