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China's famous pottery: Anfu Pottery in Rongchang (4)

People's Daily Online)  08:55, July 17, 2013  

A craftsman makes a teapot lid in a workshop in Anfu Town, Rongchang County, Chongqing, July 13, 2013. (Xinhua/Li Xiangbo)

Anfu Pottery is made in Anfu Town, Rongchang County, southwest China's Chongqing. Together with Yixing Pottery in Jiangsu, Qinzhou Pottery in Guangxi, and Jianshui Pottery in Yunnan, they are named as four famous types of potteries in China.

According to historical records, Anfu has been famous for pottery making since the Han Dynasty. Developed unceasingly through Tang and Song Dynasties, the pottery production in Anfu reached its peak in Ming and Qing Dynasties.

Anfu pottery enjoys great fame for its "fine clay", which is known "as thin as paper, as resonant as chime stone (an ancient musical instrument in China), and as bright as mirror". In production process, craftsman should focus on the beauty of "modeling, carving, glazing, and firing". In 2010, the production technique of Anfu pottery was listed as state-level intangible cultural heritage.

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(Editor:DuMingming、Ye Xin)


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