Potters & Sculptors - Making Rock from Mud
A year ago I watched this video of the UK ceramicist Takeshi Yasuda working in the porcelain city of Jingdezhen China.
As amazing as it was to see those workshops in action, I now learn that virtually all of the ceramic factories in Jingdezhen China went bankrupt in 1997, after facing mechanized competition in Viet Nam. The ceramicists working in Jingdezhen are only 10% of the people who used to be employed there at the site of the original royal kilns.
According to this article the average export sales price of each piece of Chinese porcelain in 2010 was just 35 cents. I was amazed at the low price I paid for my "umbrella stand" and the two ginger jars from Jingdezhen I turned into lamps, but apparently that included quite a large mark-up.