Zhou Hua Yang, the owner of the Jingdezhen Hua Peng Ceramics Factory, located in Jingdezhen, China, has been making “Big Pots” for over twenty years. More than ten years ago, Zhou was joined by his brother, Zhou Hua Long, and assistant, Ning Fa You, in the creation of these astonishing objects.
Due to the enormous scale of these vessels, Zhou and his team must work together to throw large sections that will be joined together when they are bone dry to create one “Big Pot.” The largest of the sections used in this process averages about 2 meters in diameter and weighs about 800kgs after firing! When completed, some are as tall as 5.5 meters and weigh a total of 2 tons! Zhou and his factory use many different kinds of decoration such as carving, traditional Blue and White painting, on glaze painting and both under-glaze and on-glaze decals. Total, it takes about 30 hours for the initial firing with an average temperature of 1350 degree centigrade.
The creation and completion of such an object is an amazing feat in and of itself!
During the 2009 International Ceramics Festival, three Chinese craftsmen from the Jingdezhen Hua Peng Ceramics Factory will be demonstrating techniques and traditions of craftsmen in Jingdezhen. They will be using tools, techniques and materials brought with them from China, including an archaic wheel, to demonstrate how they throw, trim and make.
For more information about the potters please click here to visit their website.