Jing De Zhen Porcelain
The city of Jingdezhen has reigned as the “porcelain capital” and represents the gilded age of Chinese porcelain making
In the heart of Jiangxi province, the city of Jingdezhen has reigned as the “porcelain capital” and represents the gilded age of Chinese porcelain making, where for centuries emperors and nobility sought the creations of craftsmen from its lands.
It is also whence ‘fine china’ or ‘bone china’ got its name.
The traditional way of making Jingdezhen porcelain is a lengthy process that begins with the mining of kaolin and white stone, which is then pulverized and purified with water into a homogenous, muddy texture. Care is given to remove foreign particles or loose paste as these would cause flaws in the porcelain. The prepared paste is then molded on a potter’s wheel, where it gains shape in the artisan’s loving hands.
Today, this place has remerged as the hotbed of porcelain making and (interestingly), glassblowing, attracting international and local designers, potters, engravers, artisans, who all flock there to be immersed in the steep traditions, while constantly innovating and pushing the boundaries of their craft.
We are excited to share a small curation of Jing De Zhen’s Porcelain Object Art Series with you in this and future drops.