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.