My name is Eline Bakker and the next three months, I will help Anne-Marie in Qing and learn about the business. I will be writing a blog post each week while I am here.
Monday, the 3th February, was my first day and if I’m honest, I was a little nervous. However, after just a few minutes I realised that my fears were completely unfounded as I fitted into Qing easily and started to enjoy the thought of the challenges ahead. Anne-Marie and I talked about Qing and what my tasks would be in the coming months.
I’m now really excited and I am surrounded by such fabulous objects to explore and ideas to do, to help make Qing an even better place to be.
I can’t wait to keep you updated on all the things to do while I’m in England.
What an exciting week this was, a new shipment came in with lots of new furniture. A few custom built pieces went the same week to their buyers, the rest is in our shop where it is showing of its beauty.
Not only for Qing was this an exciting week, but also for Said who had his first week of work here. His first workday was when the shipment came in and he really proved himself with his hard work.
Mao Ping went back to Beijing to see his wife and baby girl, Anne-Marie is joining him today and together they will go to Yue’s furniture studio as well as go to see Li’s new ceramics, how exciting!
As Anne-Marie and Mao Ping are gone the interns will take over Qing for the next ten days. Isn’t it great that they trust us and give us the opportunity to show what we can do?
Come and give Qing a visit while we look after the shop!
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!
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!