Published: July 20th 2011July 16th 2011
My studio space.
I have a really great view and it has really nice light in the morning.
There are a lot of things to do and see when you are in Jingdezhen. Everyday I try to take a break from the studio to go shopping for supplies and materials and this gives me the opportunity to venture off and explore.
One place I really liked was this paint and glaze shop. Everyone here told me it was famous and I asked why it was and they said it because it was clean and organized. I thought it was organized but not necessarily clean. A woman owned it and ran the business and I really liked how loud she was. There were also lots of large blowup pictures of her with other famous Chinese people that I don't know. She even had some kind of spread in Ceramics Art and Perception. At this shop you can get ceramic colors to paint on bisque and lots and lots of glazes to choose from. The sample tests for glazes were amazing to look at. So many celadons and there must have been a whole wall devoted to clears. They know there clears here and which ones are best for not letting the blue and white decoration run.
Slip casting my deer.
Using super white casting slip and my mold works great.
at the Pottery Workshop they host a Creative Market from 8 am to noon. This juried market is for students and most of them come from the Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute. They pay 20 RMB, which equals to about $3.50, to set up a table and sell their items. Everyone told me this is when you see all the fancy cars around the area because people come from Shanghai to buy these cheaply priced items and resell for a more expensive prices in their shops. It was interesting to see what the students are making. Some of it started to look the same but there were a few that I really liked and I bought a plate and a bowl with a painting of a chair on them from a girl named Lily. I probably bought the most un-Chinese looking things at the market.
What is the most interesting thing about the market is that everybody wants to sell at it. Every week they catch people sneaking in and setting up tables! Just watching the security guard run around and catch people is a highlight of the event. They talked about building a tall fence to control it but that
wouldn't work...they would just climb the fence.
There are more photos below