Those Famous Blue Chinese Bowls Come From This Town


The next time you’re out getting Chinese food, pay close attention to what’s on the table. This style of tableware, called linglong porcelain, was extremely popular in the West in the ‘70s and ‘80s. And they all come from this town in China. Before economic reform, factories in China were all state-owned. The 1990s marked the beginning of large-scale privatization. And the Guangming Porcelain Factory was no exception. Linglong means exquisite in Chinese, and their trademark design is this translucent rice grain pattern. Here is how it’s made. The clay is put into a mold, punched, and then glazed. It’s then set, dried, and trimmed. And then it’s washed, painted, painted, which gives the product its iconic blue color. It’s then off to the kilns, where they’re fired in these boxes called saggar, a clay chamber that ensures the product is heated evenly throughout. But while these bowls were once ubiquitous, Liu predicts they will soon be a relic of the past.

29 thoughts on “Those Famous Blue Chinese Bowls Come From This Town

  1. Amazing video, my grandma always uses this bowl but never knew the story behind it! Hope it doesn't get lost in history!

  2. SOMONE SEND ME A LINK TO BUY THEM IVE LOOKED EVERYWHERE FOR REAL BOWLS LIKE THESE ONES BUT MOST I SEE ARE FAKES IF ANYONE FINDS A LINK PLZ SEND IT TO ME

  3. Woooowww this is amazing! We've got these at home but it never occurred to me to research about them. All I remember was my mum saying we had to be very careful when using so we didn't break them. That they were precious. The old ones, not the new ones. The new ones are all "fake" she'd say 😂

  4. It is a lie that China is the oldest earthenware in the world.Japan's oldest pottery is over 16,000 years old.Several months later, the world's oldest pottery was discovered and announced in China.When the Japanese side requested an investigation, it was refused.I requested "I want to inspect earthenware." There was a response, “China has lost it.”
    Can the world's oldest pottery be lost in a few months?
    Why do Chinese lie?What is the status of the oldest pottery in the world?It ’s a totally unnecessary lie.

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