Revered for its likeness to jade, celadon ceramics, also known as greenware, have been produced in China as far back as the Shang dynasty (1600-1046 BC). Traditional celadon glazes contain iron oxide, which transform into various lustrous shades of green – from deep olive to the palest blue- and grey-greens – when fired at high temperatures in a reduction oven. Celadon wares dominated the East Asian ceramic landscape for centuries, reaching its peak during the Song Dynasty (960-1279), after which blue-and-white Jingdezhen porcelain took pride of place.
|Product||Hu Cheng plate|
|Origin||Jingdezhen, Jiangxi, China|
|Glaze||Celadon ash glaze|
Each item is handmade and unique therefore measurements are approximate
The birthplace of porcelain, Jingdezhen has been producing the finest Chinese ceramics for over a thousand years and was home to some of China’s most important imperial kilns. Surrounded by breathtaking nature in the northeastern corner of Jiangxi province, the remoteness of the small city has helped preserve age-old traditions that are still in practice to this day. When Europeans first encountered Chinese porcelain back in the 14th century, they concluded that this ethereal yet solid "white gold" could only have been made by magic. The secret? Kaolin: the soft white clay essential to manufacturing porcelain, named after the Gaoling mountain in Jingdezhen where this resource was available in abundance.
Hu Cheng 壺承
The Hu Cheng “teapot stand” is a small tray used to support and display teapots or Gaiwan. Typically made of ceramic, their primary function is to contain any spills and prevent tea stains. They may be shaped like a bowl or plate, while some consist of two layers with a concealed drainage compartment. Hu Cheng can be used in lieu of the larger Gongfu tea tray particularly when dry pouring Gan Pao style, where a separate Jian Shui slop basin is used to collect any excess tea or water.
Porcelain is very easy to care for and can simply be washed by hand with warm water and washing-up liquid after use. Unlike unglazed, porous ceramics, such as Yixing clay, glazed porcelain does not absorb odours or flavours and so can be used with different teas each time.