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There is a saying in ancient China: Even he who has a big sum of money cannot buy porcelain covered with gold leaves. Last week, however, I found a Jingdezhen porcelain shop where porcelain covered with gold leaves was on sale.

 

The shopkeeper Mr. Yu greeted me warmly. He told me he comes from Jingdezhen, the ¡®Capital of Porcelain.¡¯ The company he works at is the only manufacturer of porcelain with gold leaf patterns. To master the unique process, a number of skillful potters have been experimenting for over 14 years.

 

Then he showed me the most amazing item in the shop ¨C a red porcelain tea set covered with gold leaves. The golden pattern on the big teapot features a dragon and a phoenix. The whole set looked very gorgeous and luxurious.

 

And what is more, when you put a teacup under the spout, tea will start pouring automatically! As the water level nearly reaches the rim, the pouring stops. And if the tea is clear enough, you can see a beautiful girl¡¯s portrait appearing at the bottom of the cup.

 

Due to their exclusive techniques, each of their high-end porcelain items is different from any others. I must say they are very fit for any collection.

 

Apart from charming artistic porcelain, this shop also has a variety of bone china tableware on display, such as bowls, plates, and ashtrays. They are high quality but inexpensive. If you pick up two pieces and knock them together gently, a resonant and melodious sound will drift in the air.

 

What I appreciated

Unique Jingdezhen porcelain, top quality

 

What customers appreciate

Jingdezhen porcelain, superior workmanship

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Jun porcelain originated from Yuzhou City in central China. It has flourished in China for over one thousand years.

 

What makes Jun porcelain unique is that there¡¯s no pattern to be designed. It fascinates people by its magnificent natural beauty. This is created by the process "Yao Bian", or "Kiln transformation". The ware enters the kiln as a bland piece of pottery. But after bisque burning at low temperature, followed by glaze application at high temperature, the product reappears out of the kiln with thousands of fantastic colors. Because of the random process involved, each piece is totally unique.

 

The production of Jun porcelain is very difficult, as a tiny mistake can ruin the entire process.

 

On the second floor of Baigong Handicraft Museum lies a shop named Junbao Zhai, who specializes in Jun porcelain ware. Various Jun porcelain items like vases and bowls fill the shelves. The main colors include purple, blue, green and red. But as the patterns are not made by man, you must examine them closely to find the pattern.

 

A smaller round vase in purple color cost about 800 yuan. The most expensive one cost more than ten thousand yuan.

 

What I appreciated

Unique Jun porcelain ware, naturally made patterns

 

What customers appreciate

Unique, rare Jun porcelain items for collection


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Beijing Shopping: There is a saying in ancient China: Even he who has a big sum of money cannot buy porcelain covered with gold leaves. Last week, however, I found a Jingdezhen porcelain shop where porcelain covered wi...