In 1998, Bo Jia and Alison Alten established the Middle Kingdom kiln to revive and broaden Chinese porcelain traditions for a modern audience.
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.
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The sustainable production cycle of tagua nuts contributes to rainforest conservation in South America, while alleviating the threat to elephants in Africa from the ivory trade.
In the small village of Cantel, Guatemala, a group of 17 glass artisans joined together in 1976 and opened COPAVIC, the Recycled Glass Cooperative of Cantel. Their vision was clear and simple: Build a sustainable business for both the environment and the people.