Shiwan Pottery

Shiwan pottery is a form of Chinese pottery that originates from the kilns located in the Shiwanzhen Subdistrict of Foshan, Guangdong Province. It is part of a larger group of wares from the coastal region known collectively as “Canton stonewares”. Shiwan pottery has a long history of reflecting the customs and culture of China, dating back to the Tang and Song dynasties (618-1279 AD). Shiwan pottery is renowned for its exquisite craftsmanship, vivid expression, and rich cultural connotation. It includes three categories: architectural pottery, artistic pottery, and daily-use pottery. Shiwan pottery is also famous for its glazing techniques and unique forms, which are influenced by the natural environment, the local culture, and the personal style of the craftsmen. Shiwan pottery is a very important Cantonese art form, and because of its naturalness, rustic charm, and usefulness, it has been called the ceramic art of the people. Shiwan pottery is a national treasure and a living fossil of pottery and porcelain culture in China.