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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With no written language, the Hmong people create intricate patterns on Batik textiles, and use them as story-telling devices.
The Nankeen dyeing technique, dating back 3,000 years, is native to China’s Jiangsu province. Known also as Lan Yin Hua Bu (蓝印花布) and Blue Calico, it’s still practiced traditionally today in a handful of small workshops. Using hand-cut paper screens, soybean paste thickened with lime, and natural indigo dye, artisans print contemporary versions of ancient patterns on locally-grown cottons and linens outside the city of Shanghai.