NUS Alumni Xiamen Chapter’s Mid-autumn Day Trip to Dehua in 2020
Between 17 October and 18 October 2020, the NUS Alumni Xiamen Chapter, the Xiamen Overseas Singaporean Returning to Fujian Association, and Mr Nelson Ng Chiun Ming, the Consul-General of Singapore Consulate in Xiamen, jointly visited Dehua, a county located in Quanzhou, Fujian Province and celebrated Mid-autumn Day together. Dehua is the world’s first “Ceramics Capital” where the Chinese ceramic culture originated.
On 17 October, upon arriving at the Luzerne Ceramic Hotel, a delegation of NUS alumni and their family members had a guided tour of the modern, automated, large-scale ceramics factory, the porcelain exhibition hall, and the Lu Cheng Museum, where the condensed history of the company’s development is displayed. Impressed by the fine porcelain and the exquisite skills, the visitors admired the potters’ entrepreneurial wisdom, focusing on the porcelain industry, and their craftsmanship in striving for excellence and perfection. The tour revealed the persistent efforts in the arduous journey taken by this branded company. At the conclusion of the tour, the alumni had the opportunity to experience the joy and passion of designing their own ceramic mugs.
On 18 October, as the alumni visited the Dehua Museum of Ceramics and a traditional brick kiln, they appreciated the finest ceramics, which were made at different times in history. The most treasured feature of Dehua porcelain is “China White”, which fascinates its viewers for being “white as snow, smooth as jade, fine as silk”.
This historical and cultural trip to Dehua lasted merely two days. Although short, it was full of genuine and generous sharing of thoughts among the alumni, who wished for a prosperous future.
Written by Dr Cai Shumei (Arts (PhD) '12) and Mr Huang Yulong (Design and Environment '15).