Porcelain Capital of the World

Jingdezhen is quite a bit larger than I had imagined. The (registered urban) population here is about 440,000 (Kansas City is 470,000). I have been told that 40% are involved with the ceramic process in some way. The city is full of shops selling only glazes, shops selling only brushes, shops that only do plaster molds, and so on.  Not to mention the countless stores selling the finished pieces. Every nook and cranny is taken advantage of here. Pots are drying on every flat surface available, every back ally I've looked down has evidence of the ceramic process spilling out into the already tight passageways. People do not take days off here. The work continues seven days a week, all day. 

Your Swedish IKEA ceramics come from here.

Your Swedish IKEA ceramics come from here.