Today, Richard took me to a really neat historic area of Foshan. There are two huge wood burning kilns that have been making pottery for over 500 years. These two buildings (one pictured below) represent the dragon and the phoenix, both symbols of good luck and fortune in China.
~FUN FACT: the kiln house has different roof heights because each level has a different temperature at which to fire the pottery!
This is wall art at the top of the stairs next to the kiln house. It is made of broken pieces of pottery.
Read more about my day after the jump!
This area also features a lot of local craftsmen working in small shops. The first one we entered had a man making beautifully detailed clay miniature sculptures.
I don’t know how good the resolution of the picture is but you can see the size in comparison to me and know that the faces of the men on the boat have detail, so you can use your imagination. I might have to return there before I come home to buy one because they are so well made. We also stopped in the shop of a man who makes very realistic landscape portraits.
This one, that isn’t even finished, he has been working on for 6 months. Here is a finished painting.
Then we walked to a store where a man carves rocks and uses the natural colors and shapes of the rocks to convey different images, I took a picture of one of the more clear ones. Some took a LOT of imagination to see where the artist was coming from.
This one is a monkey on top of a dragon.
We walked past a couple of interesting fountains on our adventure today as well.
This one is all big clay basins.
And THIS ONE…
Is made of TOILETS!
I had been wondering where all the restrooms were…
There was also some neat art featuring Bruce Lee (who is from Foshan) kicking various international monuments and icons, such as the Eiffel tower and a bust of the queen.
I have seen a few more of these installments around Foshan, so they aren’t exclusively at the pottery kiln, but it was the first time they were explained to me!
That concluded today’s tour, please leave feedback about your tour guide (me) in the comments! 🙂