Artist dedicates her life to Dehua porcelain

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Chen Minghua, a porcelain artist from Dehua, works on a piece of porcelain at her studio in Dehua, East China's Fujian province, on Nov 14, 2019. [Photo/Xinhua]

Chen Minghua, a porcelain artist living in Dehua, East China's Fujian province, develops her personal style in making traditional Chinese ceramics. Her hometown has long been famous for Dehua porcelain.

Traditionally known in the West as blanc de Chine (or white from China), it is a type of white Chinese porcelain, made at Dehua, East China's Fujian province. It has been produced since the Ming dynasty (1368–1644).

Chen Minghua carves a pottery model at her studio in Dehua, East China's Fujian province, on Nov 14, 2019. [Photo/Xinhua]

Large quantities arrived in Europe as Chinese export porcelain in the early 18th century and it was also very popular in Japan. Its milky white color makes it instantly recognizable and quite different from the blue-and-white porcelain from Jingdezhen, East China's Jiangxi province.

The numerous Dehua porcelain factories today make figures and tableware in modern styles. Chen started learning her craft at 15 years old. Now she has become an award-winning artist, creating an original style of her own.

An exhibition room is filled with Chen Minghua's exquisite porcelain creations in Dehua, East China's Fujian province, on Nov 14, 2019. [Photo/Xinhua]

In her mind, making porcelain wares is like paper-cutting on the argil, which calls for precision and superb skills. After working for 40 years, now Chen hopes her son, a university graduate in sculpture, will carry on the family tradition and introduce white porcelain to people outside China.

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