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Poetry in molding
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09:18, June 23, 2009

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Xie Dong is one of China's most sought after porcelain artists, whose innovative bone china is putting a modern twist on the classical tableware.

Xie Dong
Xie fell in love with the unique ceramic at first sight.

“I had tried wax, cloth, metal and other ceramics, but none of them had all the properties I was looking for,” Xie said.

“I chose bone china because of the folds it makes, which can change with different materials and different temperatures,” Xie said. “It's just like our own experiences. I can tell whether it is happy from the way it folds.”

Developed first in Britain, bone china is a mixture of cattle-bone ash and clay, which produces ivory-like, translucent and extremely hard porcelain when fired.

Traditionally painted and decorated with golden foil, the tableware has been synonymous with British royalty and high society since the 18th century.

Melting ice

Inspired by the distinctive properties and natural beauty of bone china, Xie helped to give the storied porcelain a modern makeover.

“I like things that easily fleet away, like flowing water, floating clouds and melting ice. You can never stop them from disappearing,” said Xie.

The “Wrinkle Series” was her first work with the clay in which she tried to bend and fold the ceramic.

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