on Saturday, September 14, 2013 7:31:00 PM
As many of you are probably aware, we are continuing to grow our
selection of fine porcelain tea ware in our store. Our first two pieces
of hand crafted porcelain were our Kung Fu Cups
and our porcelain Gaiwan. In addition, we are continuing to develop new
products for the future including porcelain tea pots and storage jars.
Today we wanted to give a brief profile of Dehua County in Fujian, where our fine porcelain tea ware is crafted.
County is known as one of the national treasures of China and has an
incredibly diverse ecosystem and landscape comprised of beautiful
mountains, water, and abundant natural resources and minerals. Within
the county there are more than 280 mountains over 3000 ft above sea
level, including the most famous called Daiyun Mountain, which is a
national nature reserve. Dehua County has one of the highest
biodiversity values per unit in all of China with thousands of different
species of plants, insects, and animals.
Dehua County is also
recognized as one of the three porcelain capitals of China along with
Jingdezhen in Jiangxi Province and Liling in Hunan Province and they
have been crafting porcelain in Dehua at least since the Song Dynasty
(960-1279). Dehua County is most famous for white porcelain and due to
the low iron content and high potassium content of the clay in Dehua
County, the porcelain has a milky luster to it which often leads to it
being called ivory white or jade porcelain. Recent studies by government
officials have shown Dehua County clay to be the highest quality when
they compared it to about 80 different locations.
Our owner, Zehua
Shang, works with one of the top porcelain studios in Dehua County to
craft our porcelain tea ware. The studio, owned by Shang’s friend Mr.
Zheng, produces some of the finest porcelain in China. Click here to see a photo gallery of some of their work.