Meet the Maker:
Founders Bo Jia and Alison Alten have added a fresh and invigorating style to the art of Chinese porcelain, while honoring its long and distinguished history of design and craftsmanship.
Bo Jia and Alison Alten established the Middle Kingdom kiln to broaden porcelain traditions for a modern audience, and through Middle Kingdom, new works of imperial caliber are now available for everyone.
Middle Kingdom’s highly trained artisans work at a modern facility designed in the regional style near the site of the imperial kilns. The apprenticeship tradition established in antiquity lives on at Middle Kingdom. Their work in all aspects of design and manufacture ensures that Middle Kingdom wares are finely crafted and are of the highest quality. They carefully select the finest clays, work with unique glazes and color blends, and design lyrical works that speak to history and modernity.
Their seamless intertwining of design and craftsmanship creates restrained, beautiful works that are collected by the Victoria & Albert Museum in London and the Baltimore Museum of Art in Baltimore, MD. Middle Kingdom has begun to collaborate with European and American artists to create objects of unassailable integrity that invite fresh looks at an ancient craft.