“Made in China”
There is an interesting irony in the fact that the origins of the UK’s ceramics industry and its global preeminence was catalysed by early traders returning from China with collections of porcelain.
These items were highly prized and were displayed by the nobility and wealthy of the time as a symbol of their prosperity and importance.
Following the decimation of the UK’s ceramics industry over the last decade or so as a result of its failure to respond to the challenges of far eastern competition, we are today witnessing (albeit embryonic) a complete reversal of fortune. In an interesting twist much of the seeds of recovery lie in the UK ceramics industry exporting luxury pieces back to China to feed the insatiable demand of the new elite.
Made in China, (a play on the story and the material) seeks to highlight this strange phenomenon and signpost the future for the industry.
Photographer Ed Kulakowski
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