Video: The Making of Longquan Celadon

The-Making-of-Longquan-Celadon-7-1170x550 Video: The Making of Longquan Celadon

Longquan is an ancient cultural city famous for making celadon in southwest Zhejiang Province, East China. Abundant in porcelain clay and pinewood, used for baking porcelain, over 360 sites are densely distributed throughout Longquan. All these sites historically belong to the ancient Longquan Kiln, which has the longest manufacturing history, widest site distribution, highest quality, largest celadon production and export scales in China’s porcelain history.

Longquan is an ancient cultural city famous for making celadon in southwest Zhejiang Province, East China. Abundant in porcelain clay and pinewood, used for baking porcelain, over 360 sites are densely distributed throughout Longquan. All these sites historically belong to the ancient Longquan Kiln, which has the longest manufacturing history, widest site distribution, highest quality, largest celadon production and export scales in China’s porcelain history.

The photographer and I lived by the kiln for a week, experienced the manufacturing process for 3 groups of celadon, and collected nearly 40 gigabytes of footage. I directed, edited and co-photographed this documentary.

Yameng Zhang

There are roughly eight steps involved in making Longquan celadon, namely, throwing, trimming, biscuiting, printing, mixing glaze, glaze application, encastage,and heating.

The making of celadon is not only a skill but also an art. Superior celadon is reputed to be as beautiful as jade. Famous worldwide, Longquan celadon was not only used for every dynasty’s royal courts in ancient China, but has been exported to many other countries and regions of Asia, Africa and Europe since the early Song Dynasty. Modern Longquan celadon still inherite features of the traditional Longquan Kiln and many celadon products made by local masters and craftsmen have won top honors and prizes in various pottery-making competitions.


The-Circulation-of-Elite-Longquan-Celadon-Ceramics-from-China-to-Japan Video: The Making of Longquan Celadon

The Circulation of Elite Longquan Celadon Ceramics from China to Japan

Chinese Longquan celadon, a type of green-glazed ceramic, is one of the most famous branded and trade products, particularly during the 13th and 14th centuries. Its archaeological and historical materials possess multiple attributes with plentiful cultural information. The objective of the present book is to vivify these materials and provide a broader perspective and additional methodologies to review and gain a new and more profound understanding of Longquan celadon. 


(Backup copy of the video in case Youtube link goes down)

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