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China – Jing De Zheng

Jingdezhen

A prefecture-level city in Jiangxi Province, China, with a total population of 1,554,000. It is known as the “Porcelain Capital” because it has been producing quality pottery for 1700 years. Simply put, Jingdezhen is one of the most amazing places in China. And if you’re into ceramics, Jingdezhen is arguably one of the most amazing places in the world.

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The History

Jingdezhen, the “Porcelain capital of the world”, has been producing ceramics for over one thousand years. Way back in the Song Dynasty, Emperor Zhen Zhong gave a small town named Changnan an imperial order for ceramics. The pieces were all stamped with the name of the emperor’s era name, “Jing de”, and Changnan gradually assumed the name “Jingdezhen”. Once the imperial kilns were established, artisans from the north migrated to Jingdezhen, bringing skills and advanced techniques. Jingdezhen’s porcelain wares soon became famous throughout the world.

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Jingdezhen Today

Today, Jingdezhen is an interesting mix of old and new. Throughout the city you will find the remains of old ceramics factories, most of which are now officially closed. But the ruins are now populated with small ceramics workshops which produce a wide range of porcelain ware. In fact, on almost every street in Jingdezhen you can find workshops. Out of those that don’t actually make ceramics, many are devoted to supporting the ceramics industry.

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Local craftspeople make everything required for producing ceramics- brushes, glazes, tools, kilns, carts, decals, and on and on. From slipcast production wares to handmade masterpieces, Jingdezhen is still the number one supplier of porcelain to the world. Aside from porcelain ware, there still remains a minority of producers of folk pottery, many of whom use local stoneware clay bodies and traditional methods of production.

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Jingdezhen is located near to many famous natural attractions including Mt. Huang, Mt. Lu, Mt. Jiuhua, Mt. Sanqing, Mt. Longhu, Mt. Wuyi as well as Poyang Lake and Qiandao Lake. More than 30 ceramics historical ruins have been found in the city, such as the famous ancient ceramic material producing area of Kaolin, the ruin of Hutian ancient kiln and the ruin of the royal kilns in the Ming and Qing Dynasty. There are also many landscapes and sights in the city, such as Ceramic History Museum, Jingdezhen Old Street and Longzhu Pavilion.

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Classical Jingdezheng Porcelain and Ceramics

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Jingdezheng Old Street shopping district

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Jingdezheng City

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Orchestra using musical instruments made from porcelain

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