Cloisonn¨¦ is a kind of decorative pottery with an enamel glaze, where metal filaments are fused to the surface of an object, and outline a design filled with enamel paste. Introduced from the Middle East in the late 13th century, this art has since prospered in China from the Ming Dynasty on.
Last week on my visit to Baigong Handicraft Museum, I found this cloisonn¨¦ shop on the second floor. The shelves against walls displayed a variety of colorful cloisonn¨¦ vases. Among them, I found one called "Maple Leaves" (RMB 1600) most appealing. This vase featured red maple leaves and golden clouds vividly distributed over the white background.
In the midst of the room, I saw two middle-aged women making cloisonn¨¦ articles. They talked to me about the process while working. I was amazed. A piece of cloisonn¨¦ article requires 37 procedures to complete! This includes body shaping, filigree making, enameling, heating, and gilding.
Ranked as one of the eight consummate arts of Beijing, cloisonn¨¦ is a definitive artwork of the capital city.
What I appreciated
Unique cloisonn¨¦ articles of Beijing, cloisonn¨¦ craftsmen working on-location
What customers appreciate
Traditional handicraft of Beijing, prominent workmanship
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