The Ru kiln was one of five most renowned kilns during the Northern Song dynasty, when porcelain-making was at its. And with less than 100 genuine pieces still in existence, Ru kiln works hold an esteemed position among antique lovers. Now, a collection of works created using the techniques is on display at Rongbaozhai, a headquarters for antique collectors in Beijing.
More than 100 works produced using the mysterious Ru kiln techniques are on display at Rubaozhai until Sunday. It is said that Song emperor Huizong asked artisans to make porcelains the color of the sky after rain. And only the deft hands at the Ru kilns were able to achieve this dreamy color. The kilns were then honored as the top of the five major kilns in the country.
Located in Ruzhou of central China's Henan province, the Ru kiln existed only for about 20 years. It was ruined when the northern Song dynasty perished. Now, only 67 genuine pieces from the kiln still exist.
The works produced by Li Tinghuai's studio, or the "Tinghuai kiln", encompass all the major colors and shapes of the Ru kiln style. Vessels with colors of light blue or jade green impress viewers with their fresh, clean appearance. Plates, bowls, vases, washing vessels and wine containers all take on elegant shapes. For these reasons, the Ru kiln technique has been named a national intangible heritage.
Some teacups and pots cater to modern collectors and literati. And all these new creations are aimed at giving the technique a new lease on life.