Jingdezhen is known as the "Porcelain City of China". It has over a thousand year history of porcelain making and was the center for the imperial kilns during the Song, Ming and Qing Dynasties. It continues to be an active ceramic production city with unique forms and techniques made possible by properties of the regional clay.
Professor Gary Erickson, Macalester College, Art Department-Ceramics and three students received an 2009 ASIANetwork Freeman Foundation Fellowship in support of a 24-day research trip to study contemporary Chinese art. Students Eartha Bell (Art History), Christina Park (Art History) and Pei-Hsuan Wang will be conducting their personal research by interviewing gallery personal, artists, professors and students. The trip will begin June 15th for five days in Jingdezhen, The Porcelain City of China hosted by the Sanbao Ceramic Art Institute, then seven days in Beijing to see contemporary art ga... full info
For centuries China stood as a leading civilization, outpacing the rest of the world in the arts and sciences, but in the 19th and early 20th centuries, the country was beset by civil unrest, major famines, military defeats, and foreign occupation. A...more info
Monday morning shard/antique marketMonday and Tuesday mornings vendors from different areas of China unload suitcases of ware in an empty lot. They sell unique artifacts made of wood, metal, ivory, porcelain, coins, books, etc. Some are truly old and others have been "age enhanced". Buyer beware. Another section is dedicated to porcelain shard with beautiful qing hua (blue on white) decoration.