The porcelain works of ancient China were so sought after and such a status symbol that it simply became known as ‘china’ in the English language. The plates you are forbidden from touching in your grandmother’s house could come from Italy, but it will will still be referred to as ‘fine china’ and we store such things in ‘china cabinets’.
And it is a small wonder why it has garnered such attention. Even the earliest works are exquisite, and much of it can be traced to the Chinese city of Jingdezhen in the province of Jiangxi. This city is widely regarded as the porcelain capital of the world, and the people there have been honing their ceramic skills for over 1,700 years.
The skills are passed down from generation to generation, and crafts such as this example are astounding for their magnitude. This single enormous vase takes the strength of three men to make, just so they can manipulate the clay. Incredible works such as this are clearly the reason why this city is still regarded as the porcelain capital of the world nearly two millennia later.
This huge piece of pottery takes three men to sculpt.
Posted by INSIDER art on Tuesday, July 5, 2016