Jingdeshen to Hongcun
This morning started when we met Alexandra and Lee at breakfast. They are Australian friends of Tony’s and spend multiple weeks each year in Jingdezhen while Alexandra creates beautiful artwork on ceramic pots/vases. We drove in a convoy to where her studio is and visited the antique and artists market as well. What fun it was to see the varied work of these chinese ceramic artists. Each artist seemed to have a different style and each was unique. We then visited where Alexandra creates her work. At the end of their 6 weeks, they ship her finished work back to Melbourne.
Temptation would have been great if there was any room in the car. With limited space I bought something small for each of our 5 grandchildren (yes…boys as well) and then a plate for me. However on buying the plate I had to agree with Ian that if it accidentally got broken he would be forgiven!
Leaving the chinaware was hard (we could have spent many more hours there) and we drove to Hongcun, a world heritage village. It was amazing. We had to park our cars outside the village and we walked in with minimum luggage to stay in a local guesthouse. We explored the town with its old wood carvings and historical buildings and enjoyed the afternoon.