HANDTHROWN CERAMICS

All the works presented in Slow Lane is individually handcrafted in cooperation with young artists in Jingdezhen, the cradle of porcelain in ancient China. They are all hand-thrown or hand built before being hand painted. All of the products are one of a kind. Our ambition is to make handcrafted practical and functional products with a touch of design that goes well with modern life and revitalize ancient Chinese craftsmanship and its simple yet refined lifestyle. We bring versatility into our design to maximize the use of resource. The owner of Slow Lane has been working with craftsmen in our self-operated workshop in Jingdezhen since 2008.

The Chinese mastered the art of ceramics some two thousand years ago, starting from very primitive mode of ceramics to the development of qingci in Tang Dynasty (618-906 AD), known in the West as celadon. Qingci was later developed into white-glazed ceramics or Baici in late Dynasty to early Song Dynasty (960-1279AD). Yuan Dynasty (1279-1368 AD) witnessed the mastery of Blue and White porcelain, which was developed into its own unique style in Ming Dynasty (1368-1644AD). During Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), porcelain was enriched with the innovation of five-colored wares.

Celadon (Ying Qing), or “greenish porcelain” as its Chinese name suggests, was invented in mid Northern Song Dynasty ((960-1126) in Jingdezhen and has since been spread to various regions in Asia, such as Northern Thailand. Celadon porcelain is characterized by its simple, yet quite refined shapes, by its jade-like glaze, by its solid substance, and by its quite distinctive style.

Blue and white porcelain was first created during Yuan Dynasty (1279-1368). Potters of the later Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) advanced the art and made uniquely Chinese.

Five-Coloured porcelain or Wu Cai, the Qing period (1644-1911) saw innovative under-glaze multi-colored porcelain designs that reached a new peak in popularity. Yellow, blue, white, red and black, the five colors are believed to represent the five elements of life, namely wood, metal, fire, water and earth, which symbolize east, west, south, north and central. The technique of producing under-glaze red porcelain reached its maturity during the Qing Dynasty. Three new varieties such as under-glaze red, blue and white glaze and bean green glaze were developed then.