In 2017, Leuthold was awarded a three month Blanc de Chine Fellowship by Yishu-8 Foundation, the Franco-Sino organization recently honored by French President Emmanuel Macron. With support from Yishu-8, Leuthold worked at the Wanqi Art Center and the factory of Master Yen Songliu in Dehua, China. Leuthold created Spirit 1 and 2 and related pieces during his stay. Subsequently, Yishu-8 judges included Spirit 2 in an exhibition at the Musée des Confluences in Lyon, France. The jury of the Blanc de Chine International Biennial Competition awarded Spirit 2 with second prize, 30,000 euros. Spirit 2 is now in Beijing at Foundation headquarters along with the other award winning pieces.