Yue celadon on display at Zhejiang Provincial Museum

The Celadon Heritage Exhibition opened to the public at Zhejiang Provincial Museum on July 20.

The exhibited ceramics, which have a greenish sheen, are known as Yue celadon, which originated in Shangyu district in Shaoxing and the Yuyao and Cixi county-level cities in Ningbo.

The locations were part of the Yue prefecture in the Tang Dynasty (618-907), hence the name Yue Kiln, or Yue ware kilns.

The celadon flourished the longest – more than 1,000 years from the Eastern Han (25-220) to the Song (960-1279) dynasties – of all Chinese ceramics.

During the Tang Dynasty, the Yue Kiln was known for its glazing skills and produced many pieces of “secret color” porcelain that were used as tributes to the imperial court. The celadon was listed as a national intangible cultural heritage in May 2011.

The exhibition features the works of Yue celadon inheritor Ji Xigui and her students. Ji and her husband established a celadon workshop in 2000. They have to date enrolled over 30 apprentices.

“Celadon is the course of my life. The mission of craftspeople is to preserve traditions as well as to serve modern audiences. The inheritance of Yue celadon lies in making breakthroughs,” said Ji.