It is no secret that China is one of the largest porcelain producing regions in the world, with a long and glorious history of the ceramic arts spanning over 3, 500 years.
Through the ages, the varieties of clay, the types of glaze, and the variation in firing techniques practiced by individual kilns have brought about master works of blue porcelain, white porcelain, black porcelain, red porcelain, yellow porcelain, under-glazed, and over-glazed porcelain.
Two years ago, archaeologists in China have suggested that Deqing, an east Zhejiang Province county was most likely the birthplace of the country’s ancient porcelain.
So there was no hesitation on the part of Alice Cao when she told Kaieteur News that the hundreds of porcelain pieces on show at the Chinese Association Building on Brickdam are from Zhejiang.
Zhejiang is thought to be the origin of celadon (chinaware with a translucent, pale green glaze). During the 11th and 12th centuries, among five major porcelain-making kilns, two, were in Zhejiang. It is these famous kilns that propelled the Chinese porcelain-making industry to its pinnacle, making porcelain both practical utensils and works of art, and a major hallmark of ancient Chinese civilization.
And you see this in all its mastery at the exhibition and sale on Brickdam. The prices could present a challenge to the budget shopper, but there could be something you can pick up.
There are products you can get if you’re into collection, while the gorgeous vases are perfect for decorating the home. Or maybe you want to give someone a unique gift?
Heck, just feast your eyes, if that’s all you can do!
The porcelain trade fair is on every day until March 15.
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