ABOUT THE PORCELAIN STUDIO -- XIAOFANG KILN (晓芳窑)
Porcelain wares from one of the most well-known porcelain studios -- Xiaofang kiln, is famous for its transcendent archaizing porcelain making technique. The porcelain master and the founder of Xiaofang Kiln, Cai Xiaofang, devoted over 30 years in archaizing porcelain making. Meanwhile, Xiaofang Kiln’s porcelain making is not simply a pursuit of “a great impersonation.” It is also an effort of surpassing the beauty of antique porcelain, with the help of the modern, developed porcelain making techniques.
Among the works by Xiaofang Kiln, the most famous ones are the archaizing Song Dynasty RU wares, which perfectly replicate the jade-like and crazed glaze, as well as the light blue, natural, vivid color like the color of sky after rain. Xiaofang Kiln is also known for its making of archaizing Yuan Dynasty and Ming Dynasty blue and white underglaze porcelain and Qing Dynasty famille rose porcelain, and the color glaze porcelain. The secret of Xiaofang Kiln’s success is its unique formulation of glaze and the superior porcelain making technique. Its kiln, located in Beitou, is a highly private space only open its door to the real porcelain masters. Visiting the two-floor porcelain showroom, owned by Mr. Cai Xiaofang, it’s like visiting a museum of Chinese porcelain, presenting the history of Chinese porcelain making and appreciation. Here, visitors can find porcelain masterpieces from almost all historical periods and of all kinds of different styles, including but not limited to Ru, Guan, Ding, Jun, Ge, Longquan wares, blue and red underglaze wares, and famille rose wares.
Another secret of Mr. Cai Xiaofang’s success is its very close relationship with the Taipei Palace Museum. In his early years, he was fortunate enough to get the chance of studying, observing, and appreciating the porcelain collections at the Taipei Palace Museum at a close distance. He was also in charge of archaizing the famous porcelain masterpieces from the Museum. Therefore, his works enjoy a high fame among porcelain collectors.
晓芳窑是台湾名窑，以仿古瓷闻名，其 窑主蔡晓芳先生从事仿古瓷器的烧制工作已逾30年，举凡中国历代各种名窑瓷器，晓芳窑都曾仿制过。 不过，晓芳窑的作品并非单纯追求乱真，而是在仿制的过程中，充分利用现代的烧制设备和技术，尝试超越古瓷的艺术之美。