Ancient Kiln Site in Qinxi Town
Recently, many tourists visited a quaint courtyard in Taoyao Village, Qinxi Town, Jingxian County.
Jingxian County is an important production areas for civil pottery. In 1984, the cultural relics department of Anhui province found pottery and celadon ware engraved with the word "Xuan" when they inspected Taoyao Village. According to preliminary identification, the ancient kiln site of Taoyao Village is the "Ancient Xuanzhou Kiln Site" during the Tang and Five Dynasties, with a history of more than 1,000 years.
The villagers of Taoyao Village use kaolin as raw material and use ancient pottery-making techniques to make utensils. The molding process includes the clay-strip forming method, the clay-piece molding method and the throwing method. The pottery here is glazed by natural wood ash and is fired in the dragon kiln. Wood ash glaze forms various textures at high temperatures, commonly known as "Yao bian (changes happened in kiln)." The glaze color is ever-changing, making each piece of pottery unique.
The potter Hu Jinzhong is showing the pottery skills to tourists.
Jingxian dragon kiln pottery is closely related to people's daily life, including tea sets, tableware, wine sets, stationery, etc., with high practical value, ornamental value and collection value.
In May 2022, the dragon kiln pottery making technology of Jingxian County was selected into the 6th batch of provincial Intangible Cultural Heritage Items in Anhui Province.
Reported by Wen Qin
Translated by Zheng Chen