Tag Archives: Chinese ceramics

A closer look at ceramic Penjing figurines

When I reported on bonsai or penjing figurines, I was very curious about the production end. Were they all slipcast? Is anyone creating handmade ones, as they were surely made in early days? Most of these figures today are mass-made … Continue reading

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Pottery News Briefs, Week of April 10th

Can you believe it’s Friday? Boy, this week just zoomed by. Rainy as it is, the season has officially begun and everyone’s busy doing spring chores. I am very happy to say that my project for the weekend is working on … Continue reading

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Update: Chinatown lead glazes story

  Recently, I covered a story about lead glazes found in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania’s Chinatown, having learned of it in a New York Times story, which can be found here. There has been an appreciable amount of traffic on the Internet … 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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Beautiful Craftsmanship: Ceramic Board Games

My family traveled cross-country often and we played games like “I See Something” on the road. When at home, my little brothers and I could often be found  huddled around a classic game board game. Then, when our family visited … Continue reading

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The Wonder of Ah Xian’s Sculptures

What strikes me most about Au Xian’s work is the quietude. Much of the appeal lies in its mystery. One wonders what the models thought about while they were being cast. We have no clues: mute busts, figures with closed … Continue reading

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