Han Meilin, the artist and designer who created the fuwa mascots of the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, is known for being highly productive and energetic, even at age 83.
Recently Han opened a new art gallery named after himself, in addition to the three venues in Beijing, Hangzhou of Zhejiang province, and Yinchuan of Ningxia Hui autonomous region.
The new space opened in late December is located in Yixing, a county-level city in Jiangsu province famous for a long-standing industry of producing clay ware teapots that have been well-received among tea drinkers and teapot collectors at home and abroad.
The space displays dozens of teapots Han designed using Yixing's quality clay that feature calligraphy, paintings and elements of primitive art. There are also objects on show based on the collaboration between Han and noted zisha clay artisans of Jiangsu.
Han donated some 500 of his artworks to the city government of Yixing at the gallery's opening, and was named an honorary resident of Yixing.
The Han Meilin Art Series, which catalogs the artist's wide-ranging productions and is published by the People's Fine Arts Publishing House, was also officially launched.