“泥人张”是中国北方流传的一种民间彩塑，深得当地百姓喜爱。它创始于清代(the Qing Dynasty)末年，至今已有180多年的历史。“泥人张”的创始人叫张明山，生于天津，家境贫寒，从小跟父亲以捏泥人(clayfigure)为业。张明山的泥人，有民间故事中的人物，也有小说、戏曲中的角色，有现实生活中的劳动人民，有正面人物，还有反面人物。因此，他的作品具有浓厚的趣味性。
The “Clay Figure Zhang”
The “Clay Figure Zhang” is a kind of folk painted sculpture which is popular in NorthernChina, and deeply appreciated by local people. Its appearance can be dated back to late QingDynasty, having a history of more than 180 years until now. The “Clay Figure Zhang” wasfounded by Zhang Mingshan, who was born in Tianjin. He had been living his life by makingclay figures with his father since childhood because of the poverty of his family. Zhang's clayfigures are based on the figures in folk stories together with characters in novels andtraditional Chinese operas and working people in real life. Those figures can be positive ornegative. Therefore, his works are of great interestingness.