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Revival of world's oldest porcelain

Xinhua)  09:41, October 16, 2012

An artisan offers guidance to a middle school student who learns celadon-making at the Dongshan Yue-Kiln Celadon Workshop in Shangyu, east China's Zhejiang Province, Sept. 15, 2012. (Xinhua/Han Jian)

The Yue Kilns, which were mainly distributed in today's Zhejiang Province, were among the world's oldest porcelain kilns. Since the earliest known Yue Kilns appeared during the late period of the Eastern Han Dynasty (25-220AD), celadon, the signature Yue-Kiln product, had seen robust development for about a millennium.

The pale green colour and unsophisticatedness of ancient Yue-Kiln celadon wares were especially hailed by their contemporaries, who compared them to the green hills and jades. After their heyday between the 7th and 13th centuries, Yue-Kiln celadons began to decline, and slumbered for nearly nine centuries.

The revival of their past glories seemed distant until recently, when local governments and cultural institutions offered supports to modern celadon kilns and workshops.

Hand-made replicas of ancient celadon wares produced by the Dongshan Yue-Kiln Celadon Workshop have gained markets in major cities of China, while the Shangyu Yueci Ceramics Co., Ltd., a celadon ware producer, seeks cooperation with local museums and silicate researchers from Zhejiang University in an attempt to bring novelty into tradition. The company has also established a global online sales network for its products, which range from high-end aesthetical replicas to celadon wares for daily use.

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