Dragon Kiln

in How zisha clay teapots are made [part 3] near the end I wrote something like “just needs to dry out for a while and off it goes to the oven” and some of you might have wondered what oven I am speaking of.

Traditionally Yixing pottery has been fired in a kiln, specifically a dragon kiln like the one in these pictures.

Rather impressive structures and it’s easy to see how the name came about….

Nowadays though, none of those traditional kilns are used anymore in Yixing, at least as far as I know. However, the one in these pictures is a protected relic and the Jiangsu Provincial Authorities will probably keep it that way for future generations to gaze at. Practically all contemporary Yixing pottery is fired in modern electric, coal or gas powered kilns.

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Yixing is truly the chinese pottery capital

To get a few impressions have a look at this video. I hope you enjoy it.

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For all of you who can’t visit this beautiful city and its famous pottery market
you can find some interesting links on the right hand side.

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