Porcelain Painting in Jingdezhen

7 Dec 2018

Located in the northeast of Jiangxi province, China, Jingdezhen is said to be the “birthplace” of ceramics. Records show that as early as in Han dynasty (206 BC – 220 AD), people have begun to make porcelain in this little town. By the 14th century, it became the largest centre of production of Chinese porcelain. Its dominance has lasted centuries even till today.

Recently, artist Song Fusheng (Laodeng) has been collaborating with local pottery makers to convert his artworks onto porcelain. Kown as “porcelain painting”, it is the painted decoration on a variety of glazed porcelain objects, such as plats, bowls, vases and statues etc.

Underglaze is a common method where decorations (or paintings) are applied to the surface of a pottery before it is glazed and fired in a kiln, which allows the paintings to bond to the body permanently.

Artist Song Fusheng painting on a piece of unglazed porcelian.
Artist Song Fusheng painting on a piece of unglazed porcelain.
Finished decoration on a piece of porcelain.
Finished decoration on a piece of porcelain.

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