One of the best things about going out to see our artists in Beijing, apart from the fantastic food that I always eat too much off, is seeing the variety and creativity they produce in their work. Never do they cease to amaze me with their outstanding designs and the pains they go into detail with. Our latest visit was no exception.
A selection of Li’s work now showing in Portico Gallery Sevenoaks
And that is why it is no surprise that other galleries and shops are asking to stock some of our designers. Having worked previously with the wonderful Portico Gallery in Sevenoaks, Kent before, we were delighted that they asked to sell more of Li’s new ceramics from Qing Art. Impressed with the quality of the pieces and the innovative design they fit very well into modern, contemporary spaces.
Steps up to the Bamboo Grove in Dong Lin Temple, Jiangxi.
What a week! To start with the weather out in China at the moment is amazing, I’d forgotten what Spring was meant to be like. Bright days, sunshine and budding green leaves sprouting up everywhere. Why don’t I go to China in the Spring more often? I’m pencilling it in for next year!
After having to cancel our Christmas trip it was wonderful to go over and see all our lovely and very talented friends. We have brand new art from An Gu Yu, gorgeous ceramics from the brothers Li and a new jewellery designer looks like it is on the cards! You can get a lot done in a week and Mao Ping and I certainly did. We don’t waste a minute and as soon as I landed I was whisked off to see Yue and his new range of furntiure…closely followed by lunch! Well, it would seem rude not to make the most of the opportunites to eat all that delicious food that I miss so much!
Life was not all work though and with a trip down south to see new ceramicists we managed to capture a bit of time to play too.
Mao Ping in Dong Lin Temple.
Dong Lin Temple in Jiangxi, the provence where Li’s brother has his pottery studio is beautiful and gave us time to reflect on Qing Art’s wonderful five year history and think afresh to the next five years! We even had time to climb the incredible stone stairway to the top surrounded by nothing but bamboo and the sound of birds. Bliss.
Over the next few blog posts I’ll update you on our new stock, our new ventures and show you some of the behind the scenes images of our artists. Until then, it’s great to be back. It’s even better now the sun is coming out here! And lovely to hear from our many customers through Facebook and Twitter. Please let your friends know we’re on there if they are not following us already. Thank you!
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!