Zhenrutang

View looking out from the  Zhenrutang gate.

View looking out from the  Zhenrutang gate.

This place is quite amazing. It consist of three distinct parts all nestled in a small valley.  A museum, the resident studio and living quarters, and a larger factory that employs 50 worker making very high quality porcelain wares. The Zhenrutang residency program is located in the historic (looking) buildings that line the stream. The buildings were built only 3 years ago using materials form old historic structures that were shipped here and reassembled. The result is a beautiful mix of modern and ancient.

The peaceful atmosphere here is in stark contrast to the hectic craziness of Jingdezhen city. My studio overlooks a stream and has all the natural light I could ask for. I understand from the workers that this level of solitude is not always the case. When the road is open, a steady stream of visitors come down Sanbao road to visit both this place and the Sanbao residency. Most all of Sanbao road is under construction at the moment and has greatly affected the flow of visitors.  As it is now, we have a ten minute walk to get past the closed bridge. From that point it is a rough ride into town on a road that is more pot hole than road. One gets used to it quickly though. 

Resident side of the road.

Resident side of the road.

View from my studio. I decided to work in the factory building. 

View from my studio. I decided to work in the factory building. 

Driveway to Zhenrutang from gate.

Driveway to Zhenrutang from gate.