The story of Yingge's ceramics

  • 21 January, 2018
  • jvantrieste
Time Traveler

Mention the town of Yingge to anyone from Taiwan, and you may soon find yourself in a discussion about pottery and ceramics. There are towns across Taiwan famous for all sorts of local products, but in Yingge, a short way outside Taipei, it is pottery and ceramics that have built up the local reputation. Today, the suburban area is home to a range of studios producing wares for everyone from the local day tripper looking for a souvenir to the serious collector with serious cash to spare. The town’s ceramic shops and professional studios are largely concentrated around one street, with Taiwan’s only ceramics museum not far away. In historical terms, Yingge’s ceramics boom is quite recent. But there is a story here to be told, and here this week to help me tell it is Chen Pao-chen, Deputy Director of the New Taipei City Yingge Ceramics Museum. During our discussion today, Ms. Chen will explain how Yingge came to be so closely linked with ceramics. She will also walk us through the ceramics museum and remind us that ceramics belong as much to the future as to the past.