On one of the rare days that we did not feel like checking out ceramic markets, shops or makers, we decided to take a walk around the city. We wanted to snap some photographs of the city so we went across across the Yangtse river! Elements of Jingdezhen being a porcelain city were omnipresent, even in the small villages on the outskirts. We were looking at some of the porcelain pieces on the walls of a small little village, when a villager looked at us intensely (for about a good five minutes) and then invited us in!
We’ve been asked so many times on Jingdezhen that we’ve decided to write about our last trip there! When we first arrived in Jingdezhen, it was pretty obvious why Jingdezhen is called the ‘Porcelain Capital’ of the world! There were porcelain shops everywhere and there were random porcelain pieces spotted around the city - on the streets, walls and even lamp posts.
Sometime back in October, the both of us were feeling rather jaded and unmotivated so... we went on a weekend trip to visit Hellorat Project's maker, Rani, in South Jakarta! Well to be more precise, Rani actually stays in Bogor (an hour's drive from Jakarta), so we met up at Tommy's keramik studio, a quaint little ceramic studio in South Jakarta which she works from.
Hand building remains the general basis of pottery making and is definitely the easiest and most fun method to learn (if you haven't read our part 1 on hand building, click here). But there are two other main methods for pottery making - the famed wheel-throwing and slipcast.
Ever since we started on this little journey of ours, we've always wondered why ceramic pieces can have such different forms from each other even though they were all handmade. Months later, we've figured out why and it has to do with their pottery making method!
There are three main methods of pottery - hand building, wheel throwing and slipcasting. In this post, we will be covering the method that has been around the longest - hand building.