Highly trained artisans work at a modern facility designed in the regional style near the site of the imperial kilns in Jingdezhen, China. The apprenticeship tradition established in antiquity lives on at Middle Kingdom, in much the same way it has for hundreds of years.
Middle Kingdom's seamless intertwining of design and craftsmanship creates restrained, beautiful works that gain a page in the long story of their chosen medium – earth. New works of imperial caliber are now available for everyone.
Text and Photos: Courtesy of Middle Kingdom
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