I still think and dream about China. We flew over so many mountain ranges and they were beautiful. The cities were full of an amazing variety of people and food and each building qualified as an antique. History in every step. And this history goes back thousands of years. I still don't grasp this.
John and I were in China in 2013 as members of the Door County Sister City delegation. We were all guests of Jingdezhen and they provided a hotel and food and transportation and tours and entertainment for three full days.
So when we heard a delegation from Jingdezhen was coming for a few days in July we knew we'd have to be as involved as our crazy summer schedule would allow. We joined everyone involved with the Sister City relationship in sharing a uniquely Wisconsin tradition: a barbecue. A brat fry, more specifically.
The next day everyone came to our studio to visit and hear John and I give a talk about our work and so many photos were taken. Of course, we all love taking photos with each other.
In our gallery we have a small display showcasing some of the porcelain pottery made in Jingdezhen, the home of porcelain. In fact, the Chinese were pioneers in the technology to fire pottery at high temperatures using wood. And no pyrometers. Just by using their ears, eyes and brains. Amazing.
Here's a list of some articles from the July 2015 Jingdezhen delegation to Door County.
An article about the 2015 Door County delegation visiting Jingdezhen in April 2015