： (Millennium History, Kiln, Cizhou Porcelain)
The Cizhou kiln is a famous folk kiln in northern China, and it was named after Cizhou, a prefecture now called Ci County, Handan in southern Hebei. The Cizhou kiln has a long history. It started in the late Northern Dynasties with the appearance of celadon kilns, and subsequently, the folk kilns in the Sui and Tang Dynasties. In the Song, Jin, and Yuan Dynasties, Cizhou kilns began to produce a wide range of decorative porcelains, using different techniques. The porcelain industry reached its peak in the Jin Dynasty, and in the Yuan Dynasty, it used the method of contradiction with black and white, which was so popular at that time that many kilns in the country imitated its style. The Ming and Qing Dynasties continued to use this technique, but in the late Qing Dynasty, the Cizhou kiln introduced the blue and white colored decorative technique, and began to produce numerous porcelains with many glaze colors: white, black, yellow, brown, and green as well as a blended glaze. The culture of the Cizhou kiln has lasted for a thousand years, and still exists. In Handan, there are still a number of master craftsmen that inherited the ancient Cizhou craft and are trying to make it flourish. Their works not only perpetuate the traditional charm of the Cizhou kiln, but also incorporate modern elements, and are therefore precious art treasures with high artistic value.
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