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Discover the Essence of Dehua Blanc de Chine: An Exclusive Interview with Fang Junqin, County Magistrate of Dehua County People’s Government

Discover the Essence of Dehua Blanc de Chine: An Exclusive Interview with Fang Junqin, County Magistrate of Dehua County People's Government
Photo Courtesy: Fang Junqin

Amid the pulsating heart of a metropolis where cultures blend and innovation flourishes, an extraordinary phenomenon recently captivated art enthusiasts and connoisseurs worldwide. The BLANC de CHINE International Itinerant Exhibition New York Station, held from March 14th to 18th, 2024, graced the iconic cityscape of New York, bringing with it the unmatched porcelain masterpieces from Dehua County, a revered cradle of Chinese ceramic artistry located in Fujian province. This county, distinguished as the birthplace of Blanc de Chine porcelain, embodies purity, elegance, and a beauty that transcends time. For centuries, its artisans have perfected the delicate craft, creating pieces that tell stories of skill, dedication, and artistic legacy.

The exhibition’s opening ceremony on March 14th was a spectacle of cultural celebration, set against New York City’s skyline. It provided a stage where East met West in a display of tradition and modernity. Central to this event was Fang Junqin, the County Magistrate of Dehua County People’s Government, whose leadership and passion for the cultural heritage of Dehua porcelain have been pivotal in bringing these treasures to the global stage.

Discover the Essence of Dehua Blanc de Chine: An Exclusive Interview with Fang Junqin, County Magistrate of Dehua County People's Government
Photo Courtesy: Fang Junqin

Fang Junqin, in his vision, sought to implement production, display, and promotion of exquisite porcelain, aiming to expand Dehua white porcelain’s global influence. The decision to launch the international exhibition tour in New York, and particularly in Times Square—the “Crossroads of the World”—was strategic. It leveraged the city’s global stature and the United States’ role as a primary export market for Dehua ceramics to showcase the rich heritage and craftsmanship of Dehua Porcelain to a wider audience. This move, Fang Junqin explained, was designed to bolster Dehua’s reputation as the World Ceramics Capital and to foster deeper appreciation and collaborative opportunities between China and the United States.

The significance of the exhibition in New York extends beyond mere display. It represents a concerted effort to enhance Dehua County’s international visibility, stimulate economic cooperation, and pave the way for Dehua ceramics to gain a stronger foothold in the U.S. market. By facilitating direct negotiations and showcasing the depth of Dehua’s ceramic culture, the exhibition aims to catalyze growth and innovation within the industry, tapping into new markets and establishing robust trade channels.

Discover the Essence of Dehua Blanc de Chine: An Exclusive Interview with Fang Junqin, County Magistrate of Dehua County People's Government
Photo Courtesy: Fang Junqin

Central to Dehua’s distinct identity in the global market is its unparalleled craftsmanship. Dehua porcelain, known for its creamy whiteness, subtle jade-like sheen, and exquisite delicacy, stands as a testament to the mastery of its artisans. These craftspeople, following traditions refined since the Ming dynasty, embody the spirit of innovation and dedication, ensuring the legacy of Dehua porcelain continues to inspire and captivate.

Looking ahead, Fang Junqin is optimistic about the reception of Dehua porcelain among American audiences. Given the historical export significance of Dehua ceramics along the Maritime Silk Road and its current status as a major player in the ceramic export industry, there is a strong foundation for further growth and acceptance in the U.S. market. The exhibition not only seeks to showcase the beauty and craftsmanship of Dehua porcelain but also to foster a deeper cultural exchange and understanding between China and the United States.

The New York exhibition is but a starting point for the ambitious vision Fang Junqin holds for Dehua ceramics in the U.S. market. By leveraging collaboration in supply and marketing, exploring integration with various industries, and fostering closer communication, Dehua aims to build a modernized and competitive industrial system. Through initiatives like the establishment of promotion and exhibition centers in the U.S., Dehua is poised to expand its influence and share its rich cultural heritage with a global audience.

In safeguarding the sustainable development and protection of its ceramic cultural heritage, Dehua implements robust measures to ensure the preservation, inheritance, and effective utilization of its rich ceramic legacy. The recognition of the Dehua kiln site as a World Cultural Heritage site underscores the global significance of Dehua’s ceramic culture and its commitment to its preservation for future generations.

Fang Junqin envisions the New York exhibition as a bridge, fostering international appreciation for traditional Chinese artisanship and strengthening cultural ties. Through the display of Dehua’s exquisite porcelain, the event aims to enhance global understanding and admiration for China’s rich ceramic heritage, bringing closer the peoples of China and the United States through shared appreciation of art and culture.

In essence, the BLANC de CHINE International Itinerant Exhibition New York Station is not merely an exhibition; it is a milestone in cultural diplomacy and economic cooperation, a celebration of artistry and heritage, and a testament to the enduring legacy of Dehua porcelain. Through the visionary leadership of figures like Fang Junqin and the unparalleled skill of Dehua’s artisans, the world continues to discover the timeless beauty and cultural significance of Blanc de Chine porcelain, bridging continents and generations with its luminous grace.

 

Published By: Aize Perez

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