Chen Mingzong, the founder of Richu (Sunrise) Lacquer Art, won numerous international and local awards for his lacquer art creations. He is well recognised in the Taiwanese lacquer art community of his persistence in preserving traditional lacquerware making techniques and using natural materials.
Chen’s art is most recognizable for his unique nodular or fluid patterns. They are made by applying successive layers of different colours and using mother of pearl, gold, silver, and minerals on the base of a raised moulded lacquer. In a rather repetitive process, they are polished flat, mostly by hand to reveal the patterns.