Studio Visit: Xie Dong, Beijing

After much exploration and experimentation, Beijing-based porcelain artist Xie Dong finally settled on bone china as her medium of choice, and did so because of the folds it can create. A tradition that originates from 18th Century Britain, bone china turns into a translucent, milky ivory color and becomes extremely hard and strong after it’s fired, thanks to the ashes from cattle bones that are incorporated. The extensive production process and expensive raw materials made it a luxury popular among royalty and the elite, though Xie prefers to keep her pieces white rather than decorating them with traditional gold foil. Her stunning, delicate-looking creations have been featured in publications all over the world—she’s collaborated with Italian brand Driade for a tableware collection and was invited by Poltrona Frau to design a chair for the Italian furniture maker’s 100th anniversary.

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