Year-long renovation project with Shangjiu ceramic workshop 2017年上九陶瓷工作室改造记录
let me first drop some Shangjiu ceramics workshop's ceramic creations, then we can start on the renovation project.
Year-long renovation project with Shangjiu ceramic workshop
In the beginning of 2017, we stood in front of an ordinary country house located in a deep mountain valley of Jingdezhen China.
The street number sounds just like the workshop's name "Shangjiu" in Chinese. We thought, "this place gotta be it!"
The front yard apart from the spacious concrete emptiness also contains a small vegetable garden, an old-fashioned toilet.
Interior is minimal to almost nothing, the backyard has no walls around it.
Jingdezhen，China， Sanbao valley overlook.
As for the reason to move to sanbao valley, we don't have a clear answer.
This new place is quiet and beautiful, that is more than enough for us.
We as a ceramic workshop, deeply believed in the idea of the environment surrounds the craftsmen, can produce the great impact on the creations. Later the porcelain will travel to other people's home and continue to influence the environment where it's at.
Therefore the location and surroundings of the workshop are extremely important because the work we produce can ultimately reflex that.
The wall got painted in white, just like the kaolin clay. Surrounded by trees and plants, just like the plant's ashes glaze we covered on the porcelain.
When we need a help of hand, we always ask our local neighbours.
The old village guy brings his trolley and slowly paves the front yard with gravel stones.
He always says "your workshop is decorated nicely, clean and simple"
Suddenly summer showed up, the lotus grows peacefully.
workshop's dog grows quickly.
two cats fight non-stop.
Balcony from the second floor had a problem of collecting water. we finally fix the problem yet the mirror of the valley can be no longer seen.
Inside the studio, we try our best to keep it dust free, however being lazy sometimes is fine.
pottery itself cannot be clean, it is a dirty job right?
when clay turns into porcelain through extreme temperature, any dust or impure are gone for good.
No need for an ordinary display shelf, so we designed and built our own.
All the levels can rotate to where they fancy.
One year passed rather quickly, from renting the house, moving all the types of equipment, design and renovate.
Bits and blocks finally came together as a whole.
Our pottery creations were posted on Instagram regularly, yet the progress of the renovation wasn's showed to the public as frequently.
Every day,5 young people in their 20s, in a white house deep inside a valley.
Concentrated and inspired.
With their hands, hearts, and souls.
All of the products we created from 2017 are more like the environment at large got transferred through us and finally presented on to our teacups.
If we have done the same thing in other places, I am sure the result will look quite different.
Only because of this unique white house, we can do what we love the most and continue to grow as young Chinese craftsmen.
Maybe this is what complete looks like.
When the cups you ordered finally came to your hand.
In this tiny cup shape object.
Untimely reflex the heart of a white house hidden inside the valley.
Goodbye the year of chicken, we will see you after Chinese new year!
PS. English isn't my native language if you could correct my grammar and spelling down in the comment section that would be amazing!