I’ve worked at Qing now for four weeks and I can tell you that every week is different (in a good way of course!). As I mentioned in my last blog post the showroom has had a complete transformation and looks fantastic. Customers reactions have been so enthusiastic, thanks everybody!
It’s been a busy week at Qing, with some great sales, for example two of our ceramic stools were delivered to Guildford this morning. The blue and white dishes are very popular as well, and I have to admit they are very cute!
Thursday was especially busy, so Anne-Marie decided that we should treat ourselves, and made an appointment for us to have a manicure next-door at Revitalize beauty salon, which we enjoyed immensely and gave us a chance to show off our beautiful nails that evening at the book club Anne-Marie belongs to. I love to read so was looking forward to going there. Everyone talked about a book they’d read recently, which was very interesting to hear because of all the different opinions. Then the books were left on a table so you could choose a new book to read, having heard about it. I also took two books with me, both are ghost stories.
Even though it’s grey and cold outside Qing has some customers popping in. It really brightens my day to have a nice talk and meet new people who are just as excited about our products as I am. Tomorrow evening will be even better, I’m going to meet Mao Ping. Anne-Marie and I are going to London, we’ll pick him up and go out for diner, I can’t wait!
This week was a whole new adventure for me. Anne-Marie took me to a business breakfast meeting, I’ve never been to something like that before. It was very interesting and I enjoyed it a lot. I saw this as a chance to get to know new people and hear about their businesses. My goal was to keep the conversation going and to keep asking as many questions as I could think of about their business, or about themselves, so I could improve my talking and listening skills. It was a good new experience and I got lots of practice. What I also did for the first time was try a scotch egg. Anne-Marie baked scotch eggs for the Bakery Club that she belongs to and saved one for me, in my opinion a scotch egg (baked by A-M!) is absolutely tasteful!
Qing Art has changed displays this week, the counter is in front of the shop now instead of at the back so you can see us better when you walk by. It was a nice challenge to move every piece of furniture to where we wanted it to be. Everything has a lovely place now and every piece can show of its beauty. Don’t be shy, have a look, let us know what you think of the beautiful new displays .
Let me introduce myself, my name is Sasha Van de Kamp. I am from Holland and working at Qing Art until April 19th for my work placement. I’m here to improve my English language and to make the best of new working experiences in a foreign country, I think I’ve found the best place to do this! Anne-Marie is a very good teacher and Qing Art has a lot of interesting customers and wonderful products.
In my first week I have already been in the newspaper with Anne-Marie about our Chinese New Year decorations, we have been to London to do a delivery of some of our beautiful lighting and there will be a lot more interesting things happen in the next few months I’m sure!
I’ll be writing up my experiences while I’m here and sharing with you all the great things I’ll be learning. And if you live near Margate, or can come and see us in the showroom, it would be lovely to see you here too!
It’s a past time of mine to occassionally go through the blogs and see what else is out there. Some great writing, fabulous pictures and information about things you knew nothing about! Imagine my delight then when I stumbled across Caribbean Living and found a writer talking about Oriental furniture! Wonderful.
Here at Qing Art, we send furniture all over the world, work for interior designers in helping their clients style a room and have a whole range of items not found on the website. Screens being one of them. Currently we have two beautiful wooden carved screens in the showroom and Yue, with more on the way in Autumn.
Remember, if there is ever anything you are interested in, but don’t see, please contact us and see if we can help. Or follow us on Facebook or Twitter for more pictures and information.
Jane Horrocks stars in ‘Sandra’s Story’ as part of Domonic Savage’s beautiful portrail of the complicated lives of individuals in Margate. Filmed in Papillion Interiors, this particular episode features furniture from Yue, note the Green Beijing Cabinet and Red Shelving Units, as well as throws fron De Xian and work from Li.
One of the questions we get asked the most is, ‘Who makes the Tang Dynasty ceramic horses (that we feature on the website) and how can we buy one?’
As many of you know, Li is our ceramicist and all of our vases, stools, urns and more are made by him and his apprentices. As are the beautiful replica horses. Created in the style of the Tang Dynasty mould, these horses are hand made and painted individually with the same slip that was used back then. Fired in a wood burning kiln they are then left with all the markings of the firing still in place.
It is not often that we can get these, but we’re really pleased to say that currently we have three of Li’s work in the showroom. One larger horse, unglazed with two smaller glazed pieces in a different Tang Dynasty pottery style. Please contact us 01843 299055 firstname.lastname@example.org, if you are interested in these pieces, we expect to see them trotting out the door rather soon!
Hand thrown ceramic urns with lids by Li, in pale grey and slate blue.
Qing Art’s showroom is located in the beautiful Georgian Old Town of Margate. A stones throw from the new Turner Contemporary Gallery, this little quarter hosts a vibrant area full of galleries, independent shops and cafes. A perfect place to showcase our designers and artists, with their hand made work and limited edition pieces.
Where the website is the perfect place to promote the gorgeous furniture from Yue, lighting from Chen and soft furnishings from De Xian, here in the showroom we can also offer a better range of smaller items. Tian, our jewellery designer’s work is exquisite, with her stone, wood and hand blown glass collection of beads and necklaces. Li’s ceramics too, with a variety of vases and ceramic stools for the garden. However, not everything Li does is small and these stunning urns with lids are just an example of what treasures wait for you if you have a chance to pop in.
All this and more, make a day of it, visit the gallery, pop in to a great cafe and have a coffee, then make your way to us and let us show you the bits you can’t always get to see online!
Pictures by Pooma Photography of Li and his team on the production of Qing Art’s beauifully hand made contemporary furniture. Working in oak, all our furniture is made to the highest quality with art and form in mind.
Remembrance Day, was indeed a special day in Margate as Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip came to honour ex-servicemen and view the regeneration in Margate Old Town. Anne-Marie Nixey, Director of Qing Art was delighted to be chosen to meet Her Majesty as one of the people that had helped put Margate Old Town on the map and work with others to bring this heritage area to its current glory.
After a short visit to a couple of the shops the Royal Party then visited the newly opened Turner Contemporary Gallery and spoke to the team there that have made a fantastic contribution to the town.