New direction for Jingdezhen: Conservative? Progressive?
The future direction for Jingdezhen is based on cultural output which put emphasis on education. For example, simulated archaeological excavation and porcelain-repair classes, along with porcelain-making activities, experimental farming and sales of organic produce can be provided. It aims at integrating porcelain production, study, research and tourisms. This direction seems like conservative, but it is the most efficient and suitable measure to develop Jingdezhen compared with commercial-based development. The value of Jingdezhen is reflected in uninterrupted porcelain-making tradition and culture in the past millennium. Rapid urbanization and over-commercialization would interrupt the original traditions. To become a world art center, Jingdezhen should be focused on cultural output and exchange. Commercial development is a subordination to attract people to understand the new appearance of Jingdezhen. If it become a crowded scenic spot, it will lose the original meaning of creating a paradise for craftsmen, designers and artists.
1.China daily (2019). New direction fires up China’s porcelain capital. https://www.chinadaily.com.cn/a/201901/30/WS5c510428a3106c65c34e742d_3.html