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Art Out of Fire
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  • Glowing red earthenware pots ready to come out of the kiln
  • A black pottery craftsman adjusts the shape of a pot
  • A craftsman sculpts a decorative dragon head on the lid of a black pottery pot
  • A black pottery craftsman places pots into the kiln
  • Finished black pottery stacked ready for market
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Black pottery, the handcrafted earthenware uniquely produced in Yingjing County of Ya'an City, southwest China's Sichuan Province, has a history of more than 2,000 years. It is made using special clay found only in Yingjing combined with local coal ash which dries a matte silver-gray once fired in a traditional kiln. Inscribed on the list of China's National Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2008, this pottery-making art is still practiced in a traditional way today. 

(Photos by Wang Xiang)

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