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Opposite of Temple of Heaven¡¯s east gate, you can see many shops selling traditional handicrafts in the Hongqiao Market. One stall, called Dajing Pottery caught my attention, as it had such beautiful potteries displayed on the shelves.
At first glance, I thought the items were wood-carvings, as the designs were so vivid. Each piece of pottery, made in the Henan Province, had its own unique design. The owner of this stall told me that they only sell their own brand of Dajing pottery, renowned for its completely hand wrought process. It combines the art of modeling, painting and carving together. Then it¡¯s fired at 1300 degrees Celsius, so pottery can last long time without any change in the pattern or color.
I especially like the one pottery which depicted a city bustling with people walking on the bridge. The design is based on a famous painting call the Scroll of Pure Brightness Festival on the River.
Prices of potteries range from RMB 200 to RMB 1000.
Besides pottery, the stall also offers some other handicrafts like fans, chopsticks, wood carvings, and bronze carvings.
What I appreciate:
What customers appreciate:
Want some unique silver jewelry, only found in China?
Especially soft and warm Tibetan carpets
Tailor-made Qipao at low prices
Handmade purple clay teapots
These are not mass-produced