Tag Archives: China

Bonsai and the art of mud figurines

Tiny little figures, some depicting people, some things from nature. Almost like pieces from dioramas. When I first heard the term Japanese mudmen and mudwomen, I thought, “What?” Investigating, I learned they are tiny figurines used with bonsai to emphasize … Continue reading

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NY Times: Lead contamination in Chinatown glazes

When I saw the porcelain spoons in the photo on the Times site, my eyes grew large. The turquoise, yellow, and red glaze looked very familiar. I cannot tell you if the glazes on the spoons I saw in Vancouver … Continue reading

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The History of Bricks: China

When fiancées register with department stores prior to their wedding day, they often list a china pattern. Throughout history, heads of state have served VIPs on fine china with specific patterns. But previous to researching this article, I did not … Continue reading

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Preview — History of Bricks: China

From Mesopotamia, sweeping across the Middle East to the Indian Subcontinent’s Indus Valley, we have learned that bricks became an important economic vehicle and a means of improving the quality of life for untold numbers. This unassuming building material affected … Continue reading

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Porcelain Capital: Jingdezhen Video

A friend said she’d like to go to Jingdezhen, China, so I thought we’d do a little armchair traveling today. I rather like this video, as it shows the hustle and bustle of this famous city whose inhabitants began working … Continue reading

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