Fun Saturday Activity-Making Pottery

  • May 28, 2019

Last Weekend, Chinese Academy organized an activity to do the pottery. The history of Chinese ceramic production is very long, starting about 7,000 to 8,000 years ago in the Neolithic Age by humanity’s ancestors who started the craft of making and using pottery. Among other accomplishments, porcelain is one of the most significant inventions from ancient China. The people made primitive porcelain early in the Shang Dynasty (1600 BC-1046 BC), and real porcelain was first made in the Eastern Han Dynasty (25–220). Porcelain manufacturing in China then gradually developed from the early Wei, Jin, and North and South dynasties to the most recent Ming and Qing dynasties. Ceramic, as well, was one of the 3 greatest specialties from the Western Han Dynasty (206 BC – 9 AD) and its products have become internationally known. The town of Jingdezhen in the Jiangxi Province is regarded as China’s “Porcelain Capital.”The process can be very simple or very complicated, the trick and the skills about how to make the basic mode is harder than most people thought. Famed for its delicacy and intricacy, the tradition of ceramic ware and porcelain has been ingrained in the development of Chinese culture. Named after the city it was mainly sourced from, the Chinese art of making pottery ware has been very much envied and admired internationally since its discovery by the Western World.Though the Chinese subcontinent is rich in the resources that are required for the creation of fine pottery, certain places became better known in the region for their production of superior porcelain products. The ancient city of Changnan in modern day Jingdezhen (‘pottery capital’), combined the natural resources so well, utilizing the natural celadon material and glaze from the southern Yue kiln and the pure white porcelain from the northern Xing Kiln (from the high-quality earth surrounding the Gaoling Mountain in the area) to create smooth, bright, and literally luminescent pottery. These traits became so widely associated with the Changnan ceramics that these white and green pieces earned the nickname of ‘artificial jade’, and were sought after and imitated by artists worldwide.

We are very glad that we finally made our  piece, the owner gave each one of us a handmade bracelet as a souvenir , thank you!Pottery may be the oldest artwork of human beings. Over the course of thousands of years, they became dominant wares in people’s daily life: used to cook, to store things, and to hold cuisine or waters as dishes. Nowadays, it is evolved into a great way of bounding and celebrating friendship. what a great Saturday! guys.



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