jingdezhen

The following images are from my visit to the world famous porcelain city in July 2014. Just a short flight away from Shenzhen, we had a great time and saw so much that it’s hard to pick just a few pics that give a small taste of what we saw. Jingdezhen is a truly amazing place that embodies living history not just for China but for the whole planet as ceramics is one of the oldest human activities and there’s a real sense of this in the town. China was obviously way ahead of the curve making ceramics on an industrial scale. I recommend the trip for anyone interested in the making process, not forgetting Britain’s own industrial heritage at Stoke on Trent.

At the ancient kiln museum all the workers are [sorry!] ancient. Here is a carving demonstration, this pot has not been fired so this is a very skilled job, hence the age perhaps.
At the ancient kiln museum all the workers are [sorry!] ancient. Here is a carving demonstration, this pot has not been fired so this is a very skilled job, hence the age perhaps.
Yes it's translucent.
Yes it’s translucent.
more intricate carving on a dry infired clay body, this can take months so not making  amistake is quite important
more intricate carving on a dry unfired clay body, this can take months so not making a mistake is quite important
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mass production Jingdezhen style

 

Applying decals to bowls
Applying decals to bowls
moving pots [yes unfired] by manual labour
moving pots [yes unfired] by manual labour
more pots on the move
more pots on the move
having tea with the artist
having tea with the artist
making tiles, cigarette essential
making tiles, cigarette essential
the tile maker's studio
the tile maker’s studio
making giant pots, connecting sections requires a team of workers [usually topless men with cigarettes]
making giant pots, connecting sections requires a team of workers [usually topless men with cigarettes]
another giant pot
another giant pot
performers preparing to demonstrate the porcelain orchestra
performers preparing to demonstrate the porcelain orchestra
in the YHA computers speak a universal  language
in the YHA computers speak a universal language
saggars as plant holders
saggars as plant holders
the brush shop owner and inspector of brushes, another revered expert
the brush shop owner and inspector of brushes, another revered expert
the "antiques" market, best to get there at 4am if at all possible, we made it at 7
the “antiques” market, best to get there at 4am if at all possible, we made it at 7
a view of the hills from the pottery workshop
a view of the hills from the pottery workshop
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