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Beijing pictures, Jiangqingzhai Jingdezhen Ceramics Shop

When it comes to porcelain ware, the town of Jingdezhen is by far the most famous in China. On the southern side of Zhushikou Dongdajie lies a large Jingdezhen porcelain shop named Jiangqing Zhai. It is owned by a porcelain company based in Jingdezhen.

 

Various delicate porcelain wares behind the shop windows attracted me in. The spacious setting is full of artistic atmosphere. A wide variety of porcelain items are displayed on shelves. The selection was very good.

 

According to the shopkeeper from the city of Jingdezhen, all these items on display can be divided into four categories: artistic porcelain created by famous artists, antique reproductions, daily-use porcelain, and gift items.

 

I noticed several beautiful items. One was a plate painted with colorful mandarin ducks, lotus flowers, and lotus leaves (RMB 70). Another was a gift box, which contained three little caskets painted with lovely pandas eating bamboos (RMB 100). I also admired many elegantly-painted vases with strong traditional Chinese characteristics.

 

What I appreciated

Agreeable shopping environment, reasonable prices.

 

What customers appreciate

Elaborate porcelain, reasonable prices.

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Need that perfect piece to match your dining table at a price that's not through the roof? Then stop by the newly opened Spin ceramic workshop in Chaoyang district, and check out their modern ceramic art designs. Spin's current product line contains more than 150 limited-edition tableware items.

Under the direction of Gary Wang, a Chinese-American designer who hails from New York, Spin blends modern style and traditional Chinese handcraft decorating techniques."This craft is fading out in China, but we want to keep the heritage of Jingdezhen alive and promote contemporary ceramic design," says co-owner Germaine Zhou.

One of their more popular items is a set of ceramic teapots, for a bit under RMB 1000, perfect for an afternoon tea break with your friends. The designs are unique, and certainly not like other tea sets you¡¯ll find in Beijing.

By spending RMB 100 or more, you can get a complementary dedicated porcelain cup. The shop owners speak good English, so they can help you learn more about porcelain art.

What I appreciate

The set of teapots

What customers appreciate

Great porcelain with both the modern style and traditional Chinese handcraft

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Beijing pictures, The Entrance of Dehua Porcelain Outlet.

Located at the northwest of Jianguomen Bridge, Dehua Porcelain Outlet specializes in both the famous white and red porcelain made in Dehua County, Fujian Province. Outside the shop there¡¯s a red sign that reads ¡°China White¡±, ¡°China¡± here means porcelain. Dehua, Jingdezhen of Jiangxi Province and Liling of Hunan Province ranks the three biggest capitals of Porcelain in China. Dehua is famous for its time-honored white porcelain and modern unique red porcelain.

 

Dehua white porcelain originated in the Song Dynasty (A.D. 960~1279). It has made tremendous strides ever since the Ming Dynasty (A.D. 1368~1644). It features white color, semi-transparency and shining glaze. So the white porcelain has earned the names of China White, Ivory White or Cream White. In the shop, a lot of white porcelain works are on display, for instance, the statue of Guanyin (the Goddess of Mercy). The most impressive one is entitled ¡°the Soul of Chrysanthemum¡±. Its pendant filaments are so slight that it has to be kept from touching in a showcase.

 

Dehua red porcelain is a modern outcome through generations¡¯ effort. In traditional Chinese culture, red color represents happiness, auspiciousness and prosperity. Many red porcelain wares have been sent to foreign dignitaries as national treasures. These exhibits will bring you strong visual impact.

 

Both Dehua white and red porcelain are of great value. Their prices start from several thousand yuan. In addition, the shop also carries porcelain wares made in Dehua for daily use, including tea sets, coffee cups & saucers, salt & pepper shakers, bowls & plates. Price for a set of exquisite tea sets including one tea pot and six tea cups is RMB 300.

 

What I appreciated

Famous Dehua porcelain, artistic designs.

 

What customers appreciate

Chinese famous porcelain, attractive design, fine workmanship.

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Established by professional and famous porcelain artists, Hexing Porcelain Shop not only offers a variety of ornate designs, but also let customers create their own designs on existing porcelains.

 

Customers can take a lift to the shop which is located on the second floor of the building facing the State Administration for Industry and Commerce Building, on East Sanlihe Road, Xicheng District. The store permeates a strong cultural atmosphere in which a lot of porcelain masterpieces are displayed, focusing on products from the most famous porcelain cities of China, such as Jingdezhen porcelain from Jiangxi Province, Longquan celadon from Zhejiang Province, Jun porcelain from Henan Province, Liling porcelain from Hunan Province, and Dehua red porcelain from Fujian Province. The porcelain vases vary in shapes and colors, all of them carry vivid and colorful patterns. Prices start from around RMB 2000.

 

A unique aspect about the store is that customers can create their own paintings on porcelain wares. If you are talented at painting, or just want to create a crazy design, you can paint a picture on a plate using the shop¡¯s professional pigments and have it parched. Then, come back in 24 hours to pick up the finished product. It will cost you RMB 120.

 

This shop also offers a relaxing atmosphere for shoppers. You can appreciate porcelain wares, enjoy a cup of tea, or read books on porcelain, like you would in a teahouse.

 

What I appreciated

Elegant and artistic environment, famous artists¡¯ porcelain works, impromptu creation for porcelain paintings.

 

What customers appreciate

Impromptu Design, exquisite porcelain wares made by professional and famous artists.

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Beijing pictures, Photos & Names on Plates & Cups

Jingdezhen Artistic Porcelain Outlet, which has been in Beijing for over 70 years, moved from Qianmen St. to Zhushikou West St. recently. The store carries a huge selection of porcelain ware made in Jingdezhen of Jiangxi Province, the first most famous porcelain city in China. Many foreign dignitaries have visited this outlet for its world famous porcelain.

 

The shelves display various vividly patterned porcelain vases. One white vase, designed with black-eyed red carps, looks almost alive. The selection is incredible, and the price varies a great deal. For souvenirs, the outlet also sells small trinkets. These include round or heart-shaped porcelain caskets, priced at RMB 15 each or RMB 25 for two. Or one may like a pair of little colorful porcelain lions, which look very exquisite.

 

Browsing through the store, an artist painting on a plate aroused my interest. When asked, he told me that he¡¯s from Jiangxi Province, and that he¡¯s painting a photo for a customer. A customer can have his or her photo painted upon a plate for RMB168, which includes a plate made in Jingdezhen and a wooden stand. Or the customer can get a name painted on a cup for only RMB 25. To avoid color-fading, the photo or name on the porcelain must be parched for a night. Therefore, you must come back to pick up the plate the following day.

 

What I appreciated

The most famous porcelain in China, 70 years of history in Beijing, a wide variety of porcelain items.

 

What customers appreciate

Famous porcelain, choice of both inexpensive items for presents or souvenirs, and large ornate porcelain pots.

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On Donghuamen Street, there is an interesting shop named Celadon Story House, which perpetuates a tradition of several millennia.

 

Celadon is a type of pottery with a pale green glaze, originally produced in Longquan, Zhejiang Province, China.

 

Longquan craftmen started to produce celadon during the Three Kingdoms and the Two Jin Dynasties. Their art became a favorite of the imperial court in the North Song Dynasty, and universally acknowledged in the South Song Dynasty. Longquan production is renowned for its silky bright green color, fluent outline, and graceful image. People refer to this production as ¡°jade-like¡± and ¡°ice-like¡±.

 

The Longquan kiln is the celadon kiln with the longest history and the widest influence over the industry. The wares coming out of the Ge kiln (translate: the Elder Brother¡¯s Kiln) are characterized by their wrinkles, caused by glaze cracks. Century-old historical records list this kiln as one of the top five Celadon-producing kilns. Di kiln (the Younger Brother¡¯s Kiln) was famous for producing wares of a bright green glaze, called ¡°Flower of Celadon¡±.

 

The modern Longquan celadon wares are recognized in China as national treasures. They are collected and displayed in national venues such as the Great Hall of the People, the Palace Museum, etc.

 

The Story of the Ge & Di Kilns

The story of the Zhang brothers and their kilns has been passed on from generation to generation since the Yuan Dynasty (1279~1368). As the story goes, two brothers -- the elder named Zhang Sheng the First, the younger Zhang Sheng the Second -- were skilled at porcelain making.

 

Although both produced wares with great reputation, the elder brother was more skillful and had a better business. One day, out of envy, the younger brother added some wood ash to the raw material of his brother¡¯s works. When the pieces were taken out of the kiln, the glaze cracked irregularly on the surface of the vessels. Unexpectedly, people liked the crackled style very much. At first ¡°accidental¡±, the crackles were later intended, as it was thought they gave the vessels a touch of classic elegance.

 

From then on, the vessels made by Zhang Sheng the First were called Ge (elder brother) ware, as it is known from the many specimens handed down.

 

The Celadon Story House is neatly decorated with a variety of nice celadon wares. The Ge wares are especially attractive. A visit to the House will be worth your time. And the legend gives us another occasion to ponder over human nature and serendipity.

 

 

Prices

A set (five pieces) of Ge kiln tea wares cost RMB 360. The prices of celadon vases range from RMB 400 to RMB 800. A celadon bowl costs about RMB 50.


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Beijing Shopping: When it comes to porcelain ware, the town of Jingdezhen is by far the most famous in China. On the southern side of Zhushikou Dongdajie lies a large Jingdezhen porcelain shop named Jiangqing Zhai. It ...