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by Grace Liao, Arts & Entertainment editor


Mr. Lee, the non-English-speaking owner of the exhibit, boasts about his collection of three containers full of Chinese pottery directly imported from Jingde Zhen (Jingde Town) in Shanghai, China—the porcelain capital. The exhibit contains more than 200 different shapes and sizes and 1,000 plus different designs.

Lee’s business is headquartered in Los Angeles, but he has no showroom there. He displays a wide variety in Honolulu because “Hawai‘i has more knowledge of the culture,” Lee said.

In Lee’s mind, “art has no borders.” He believes that everyone of different background is able to admire the potteries. By arranging the exhibit, he explained, “We let the whole world understand the porcelain capital, and let the porcelain capital get to know more about the world.”

All the potteries tell a story with their explicit design. Each different stroke, color, and shape has its own meaning. Potteries with flowers represent longevity, and ones with tigers represent power.

Jingde Zhen porcelain is treasured as the bright pearl palace of the human art. “Its porcelains are white as jade, as thin as paper, as bright as mirrors, and as resonant as chimes,” Lee said. Jingde Zhen porcelain includes blues and whites, rice patterns, roses, color-glazed ware, and porcelain sculptures with elegant shapes and rich decoration that reflect the profound spiritual depths of the Chinese people.

The collection ranges from miniature three-inch-tall vases to six-foot works of art, and the prices are very affordable, from $1.50 to $6,000. There are even some great buy one, get one free deals!
For more information, call (cell) 208-429-5342.
 
All photos by Grace Liao
 

Vase with the shape of a bucket that is two feet tall decorated with mountains in brush-stroke style. The vase has a two-ear shape in contrasting colors creating a different style. It also includes pictures of deers and forests which bring the pottery alive. This shape of vase is mainly used for decoration, usually on a stand that is carved out of a dark-colored wood.

A blue and white celestial vase done with a lid to a height of three and half feet. Images of gods painted tell a story.
 

The vases include the celestial vase, rose-decorated vase of copy bronze, and a vase painted in red underglaze.
 

 

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