Museum of Ceramics in Hangzhou, China
"There are no ordinary moments."
- Dan Millman
Every now and then I wonder what was not created by Chinese culture.
Almost everything I have ever known was perfected in China, including ceramics. In the beautiful Hangzhou region, along its beautiful West Lake, I was recently escorted to a place, which informs us about the discovery of a kiln where porcelains were made: the Tiger Cave kiln site.
As I poured my green tea every morning at home into my crackled porcelain cup, I had never thought about it as I did after visiting the site in Hangzhou. There I found educational information posted as well as beautiful excavated porcelains for my uninformed visual inspirations.
The ceramic history goes back to 1127AD in China as the Song Dynasty was being established and Hangzhou was its new capital. From the excavation, from 1977, ceramics were found from the royal court and are considered highly regarded as being touch by the privileged ones.
The Hangzhou region is not only a visually beautiful part of China, but also responsible for China's important heritages: from teas to silk threads of embroidery. No wonder the perfect company of ceramic tea sets went harmoniously well with these cultivations.
The snap shots of the ceramics I saw that day are not nearly as exquisite as in person; however, I hope they will inspire you to regard your cup the next time you are drinking tea.