The porcelain in China Jiangxi Jing Dezhen has enjoyed the international fame since the ancient time. It is regarded as one of the great Chinese innovations.
The town of Jing Dezhen unites many of the best traditions of Chinese porcelain making. Looking at the district’s remarkable achievements and innovations over the years, it’s no wonder it’s considered a major porcelain center.
Jing dezhen porcelain dates back to the Han Dynasty, about 1900 years ago. But it wasn’t until the Ming dynasty in the 14th century that it hit it’s artistic peak.
Today, artisans still use the "Hu Lu"ceramic kiln of the Ming Dynasty era, one of the typical porcelain making tools of the time. "Hu Lu" is Chinese for "Gourd" , with the shape of the kiln reminiscent of that of the vegetable.
Even after blazing in the kiln for 20 hours, there are still 70 more steps to be completed before the final product is ready.
Look at the pictures on this piece. The waves of the sea, the flowers, and the patterns all combine into a delightful scene.
Some 60 artisans practice and protect the old techniques so that they can continue into the next generation.
Zhou Ronglin, Director of Jing Dezhen Porcelain Culture Heritage Centre, said, "We use ceramic kilns, the techniques and tools from Ming dynasty. That means we can make porcelain pieces that are very close to Ming dynasty style. "
Only a small quantity of Jing Dezhen porcelain finds its way into private hands. Luckily, you can check out these magnificent pieces in museums all over China.