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Fine China is the project I developed in 2018. I went to China’s porcelain capital, Jingdezhen, to discover the traditional process of making fine china.
Jingdezhen has been producing pottery for 1,700 years. Nowadays, porcelain makers are still using the traditional process which has been passed on generation to generation over those years.
The factory is not a bad environment to work at all, as most people would not expect. It is definitely not a sweat shop. All the workers enjoy what they are doing, and have been working here for many years. Workers are very experienced which can be seen from how effective they are doing each process.
Although the orders are quite large, no one seems in a hurry here. The worker told me that you can’t rush the process of making porcelain because there is no point. Everything takes time in the process, mud takes time to firm; modules takes time to dry; final product takes time to cook.
Don’t we always say good things take time? Porcelain makers just proved this point.  Mastering one thing is not that hard but it is commitment if we are willing to spend a lifetime on it.


Shine Huang is an international photographer, who was born and grow up in Shanghai, China. He started his photography career as a photojournalist with Xinmin Newspaper Shanghai in 2000.
In 2008 Shine left his hometown of Shanghai, China to attend Arkansas State University, where he earned a B.S. in sports management and journalism. After graduating, he moved to work in Atlanta, Georgia. Shine received his M.F.A. in photography from Savannah College of Art and Design. In the past ten years, Shine has worked with The Herald Newspaper, KAIT-TV Region 8, CNN Films Project and CTRL Studios.
Now Shine works as a freelance photographer developing this project. He has had several exhibitions including Mason Fine Art Gallery, SXSE Gallery, Trois Gallery and SCAD Open Studio. Shine specializes in black and white film and historical photographic process.
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