I encounter it just as I meet you in a late autumn many years ago.
Wood firing is a kind of ancient technique to fire porcelains. However, in fact it is very difficult to fire Porcelains using the woods. Whether it is successful to fire Porcelains used by woods or not depends on the relationship of earth, fire, wood, and kiln.
The difference between the top kilns and ordinary kilns lies in ashes and flames. As for the naturally gray glaze melting in the high temperature, it has the warm color and rich layers, differing from the general bright glaze. The final fambe is unexpected without repetition.
At the first glimpse of Ru kiln, what impresses you is its tranquility. Its green color likes sky and jade, and its crackles resembles the broken ices, presenting the special elegance. It is hard for you to imagine that such clay can eventually become different porcelain as bright as jade.
The art of clay and mud has indeed reached their peak. It is really marvellous that this ordinary mud can finally become as smooth as jade under the high temperature. Although we can see mud everyday under our feet, we never imagine that this mud can become the smooth and jade-like porcelains on our table.
Time goes by and everything has its order. With all things' survival and death in the long history, the boundless kiln's smoking come form the peaceful world of human. The green water and waves coupled with distant mountains and thin mist are the common scenery in the South of China, which is also the spectacle presented on the surface of porcelains. As the dynasties change, human's affection also vanished. However, it is the only green flowers that are preserved on the surface of porcelains, modestly delivering the exuberant firing scene at that time.
Most of the Song porcelains pursue simply monochromatic colors. The White porcelains of Ding kiln, the sky-blue porcelains of Ru Kiln and the black gold porcelains of Jian kiln all show their introverted, implicit, and simple essences. Calligraphy is the most representative aesthetics in the certain times. The calligraphy aesthetics in the song dynasty is just like the Chinese ink landscape pictures, presenting quiet and ethereal effect.
Why can we go back to one thousand year ago,
Lungching tea in the Northern Song Dynasty.
Drinking under the moonlight in Kaifeng,
The new porcelains of Ru kiln.
Insert the February plums of Xijing.
We can't ride on the horseback together,
Can't silently stare at each other,
We lost into the distance.