Some shards laid out for the Monday-morning Antique Market in Jingdezhen. But are they real, or fake?
A Jingdezhen gas kiln filled with a variety of porcelain wares being crash cooled. Kilns in Jingdezhen are often fired on a daily basis, being loaded, fired, and unloaded in less than 24 hours. Besides resulting in brighter glazes, crash cooling speeds the firing cycle.
Perhaps my favorite two pictures of Jingdezhen.
An on-glaze painting of Mao Zedong in progress.
A specialized cart, banche (板车), with its load of porcelain clay. The sack tied to the cart’s undercarriage typically contains moving blankets for transporting fragile ware, plastic tarps to protect against rain, and straps for tying down loads.
Porcelain production in Jingdezhen would immediately halt without the tireless efforts of the carriers who transport materials and ceramics through every stage of the production process.