"Ming" Stem Cup II
Exquisite qingbai porcelain stem cup, crafted exclusively for us by Jingdezhen ceramicist Wang Hao.
This porcelain stem cup is our first commissioned work from Wang Hao. Taking inspiration from the form of stem cups from the Song Dynasty, Wang Hao made 30 of these cups in his signature Qingbai porcelain. The cup is thrown on the potter's wheel and fired at the kiln in Wang Hao's studio in Jingdezhen.
The cup has an elegant and refined form, the qingbai porcelain is delicate and translucent, evoking qualities of air and water. It is the perfect cup for enjoying tea or your spirit of choice.
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We were introduced to Wang Hao by our friend and ceramicist Wang Xinghua during our sourcing trip to Jingdezhen in April 2019.
We visited Wang Hao and his wife Shen Chengcheng at their studio and house in Fuliang County, about one and a half hour from Jingdezhen. He welcomed us by making us pour-over coffee from coffee beans that he roasted just the day before. He gave us a tour of his studio space, it was a glimpse into his practices both in life and in ceramics.
Wang Hao graduated from China Academy of Art’s Ceramics Department in 2006. During his years in school, he fell in love with the simple and elegant qingbai glazed porcleain. Shortly after he graduated he moved to Jingdezhen, the ancient porcleain town where qingbai glazed porcleain was first made. He worked as an assistant to the famed Japanese ceramicist Takeshi Yasuda at The Pottery Workshop.
After a trip to Japanese ceramic town Mashiko in 2010, he decided to open a small studio of his own in Jingdezhen, to focus his study and research on qingbai glazed porcelain.
From formulating the qingbai glazes to the final firing, he does everything by himself. For him, qingbai glaze is simple yet elegant. It is soft and delicate, like rippling water in a lake.
“I like to make humble wares for everyday living - they look simple, but it is not easy to make simple things beautiful.” — Wang Hao
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Please note that the measurements are approximate as each one is handmade and uniquely different.