Cochin ceramics are distinguished by brightly coloured muliti-layer glazes fired at relatively low temperature (about 900 degree). The word 'Cochin' is derived from the Japanese word 'koji', the name given by Japanese traders to an area in southern China-notably Fujian and Guangdong provinces-and vietnan, where these ceramics originated some 300 years ago for use in Japan as incense holders and in tea ceremonies.
The art form entered Taiwan during the reign of the Tao Kuang Emperor(1821-1850) and were used to adorn temples with life-like legendary figures, mythical beasts, birds and animals. The production process relies on the ingnuity of the craftsman to select, filter, mould, shape, dry, and fire the clay with multi-level glazes, so combining the skills of construction, design, imagery and clay firing into one artifact. The unique brilliance of the colors, such as the amber and jadeite greens and the golden reds, have been appreciated increasingly with each passing generation.
Cochin Ceramics have always occupied a central part of Taiwan's traditional artistic culture, and have now evolved to become unique decorative artifacts of exquisite beauty bellieved to bring good fortune and ward off evil spirits.
Material:Jiao Zhi pottery
Craft:tradiitonal jiao zhi pottery making crafts with over 2000 years history