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  • From Jingdezhen: Simon Hulbert’s New Porcelain Collection

    From Jingdezhen: Simon Hulbert’s New Porcelain Collection

    Over the past decade Jingdezhen has been part of a vibrant ceramic renaissance. With local and international ceramic designers traveling to Jingdezhen to learn from the techniques of the masters and create new exciting work.

    Established ceramic artist Caroline Cheng felt so inspired by the “Porcelain Capital” that she opened The Pottery Workshop in one of Jingdezhen’s ancient ceramic factories. A beautiful space that houses design studios, workshops and galleries as well as a weekly Creative Market showcasing over 100 local makers.

    One man who already shared her idea of Jingdezhen was Jackson Li. He “envisioned an international ceramic art center located in China, that would provide the opportunity to the international arts and crafts community to explore and exchange the culture, arts and crafts of China.” Which led him to open Sanbao:



    In the context of this modern revitalisation of ceramics in Jingdezhen it’s interesting to consider that:

    “The key factor in the development of Chinese pottery was kiln technology. The two main types of kilns (the tall, thin dragon kiln and the horse-shoe shaped mantou kiln) that were developed in about 200 AD remained in use until modern times. The manufacturing of porcelain was perfected in the Tang dynasty (618–907), with precise techniques to control the casting process and development of diverse glazes producing delicate pieces that raised the craft to high art. During the Yuan dynasty (1271–1368), Jingdezhen became the pre-eminent centre for producing porcelain in a variety of styles and in the Ming dynasty (1368–1644), in addition to supplying porcelain for domestic use, the city became the main production centre for large-scale porcelain exports.”

    

Also of note is that:

    “To celebrate China’s porcelain history, and to call for its revitalisation both at home and abroad, Jingdezhen has commissioned Beijing-based architecture practice Studio Pei Zhu for the design of Jingdezhen Imperial Kiln Museum. The site sits adjacent to the Ming and Qing imperial kiln ruins and surrounded by many ancient kilns varied in size; the building is designed as an abstract representation of the traditional kiln.”

    Source: Wallpaper Magazine, Chinese Ceramics Through 20 Millennia.

    Simon Hulbert’s Porcelain Collection

    Simon’s Porcelain Collection was created during a recent residency in Jingdezhen.

    The series mixes modernity with the millennia-old heritage of Chinese porcelain and features hand painted brush strokes that capture the energy and artistry of traditional Chinese calligraphy.

    Each piece is of exceptional quality and chimes with the aesthetic uniqueness of porcelain, namely its fine strength that combines levity and toughness.

    With smooth minimal contours and a soft overall finish the work exudes a subtle, understated sense of well-crafted luxury.



    The series contains over 100 beautifully presented, functional pieces designed to be used and enjoyed as objects that enhance the rituals and ceremonies of everyday life.

    Image Source: Brook Street Pottery