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I’ve spent a fair amount of time in China and taken thousands of pictures of some very special places and things, at least i think so and thought the ones dealing with ceramics might be of interest here. i'm not the best writer in the world so please pardon all the grammar mistakes. i’ll start with a trip i took to Jingdezhen, this was a few years ago and the city was hosting a world ceramics exhibition. a very good friend in shanghai made arrangements for us ahead of time and we were met at the airport by our host, we called her “Dajie” chinese for old friend, i don’t remember her real name as I’ve met so many different people over there that as a westerner the chinese names can get very confusing. Dajie is the Chief of police for the City of Jingdezhen so we were in very good hands and she was our personal escort for the 3 days we spent there, her husband is, or was managing vice mayor at the time of our visit. i was struck as we toured the city that almost everything was decorated in blue and white china, light poles, benches even the large concrete road overpass supports, really beautiful and everything looked in pristine condition. our first stop was at the ancient kilns and ceramic historical museum for the kiln lighting ceremony, this was a closed event attended by governors and politicians from various states throughout China covered by Chinese media outlets. this set of pictures is shot around the museum showing our friend and host Dajie, some of the artists, the crowds gathering for the kiln lighting ceremony and of the lighting of the kiln. IMG_1162.jpg IMG_1127.jpg DSC03849.jpg DSC03857.jpg DSC03858.jpg IMG_1141.jpg IMG_1129.jpg IMG_1132.jpg kiln lighting IMG_1154.jpg IMG_1156.jpg IMG_1146.jpg IMG_1150.jpg in one of the images there is an older man wearing a dark blue smock over a white long sleeve shirt with white pants, behind him is another man in dark color and white shirt with a red ribbon pinned to his brest, he is Chinas leading expert on ancient ceramics and frequently appears on Chinese TV, it was fun seeing him in person. his name is Ma Wei Duo. IMG_1145.jpg the next 3 pictures are of the wall in the garden of another friends studio, yu jun, the pottery built into the wall dates back to the Ming Dynasty, I’ve more pictures from his studio but need to find where they are stored. DSC04332.jpg DSC04333.jpg DSC04335.jpg couple of pics from the franz factory, my wife Angela enjoying the ceramic furniture and a lovely fish vase. DSC04341.jpg DSC04342.jpg i got a chance to meet the artists attending the world event from north Korea. IMG_1163.jpg and finally pictures from a factory with some really big pots. IMG_1171.jpg DSC04308.jpg DSC04309.jpg from left to right at the factory... another of our guides this guy is a special forces undercover police officer, yu way le she is a former university professor and an author on a dozen books about China's master jade carvers, me and on the far right Angela. DSC04326.jpg