The Pilgrim Art: Cultures of Porcelain in World History
BBC World Service
Can you build a city on millions of porcelain pieces? In Jingdezhen, the centre of Chinese porcelain-making for a thousand years, up to 90% of some firings were discarded and smashed: as a result, in some areas there are more shards in the ground than soil. Writer Huan Hsu explains why shard-hunting has become a lucrative pursuit. Have you ever dug up something valuable from the ground?
Jingdezhen: a city built on porcelain shards., Clay, The Forum - BBC World Service
Huan Hsu goes shard-hunting in the Chinese porcelain capital. (Illustration:...