Hi! Where did September go? I went from Pennsylvania over Labor day, to Indiana for my 10 year high school reunion, to Hong Kong for a business trip, straight to Nashville for one of my best friend's wedding. At this point I don't even know what timezone I am in. Now that Fall and I are here to stay in NYC for a little, I am ready to get back to blogging
Although I went to Hong Kong for work, I was able to get out and do some shopping and sightseeing. I am hoping to get back to HK next year as a tourist so I can write to my hearts content on the wonderful city, but since my trip was short and sweet (and busy) I wanted to touch on my favorite part: the ceramics and porcelain.
China from China (kind of), guys! I landed in Hong Kong at 5:30am, so I did a lot of window shopping. Strangely enough it was not the clothing that caught my eye the most (it all still caught my eye, lets not front) but all the different art shops. Especially, you guessed it, the porcelain and ceramics. While wandering Staunton street I stumbled upon 17 Staunton. This small, porcelain packed store had both new and vintage goods. It is also run by the sweetest man who I want to become my grandfather. Best news? Prices were great! That is one thing I did notice that a lot of what I am looking for was affordable. I am sure a true collector would know the places to go to spend some real money, but I am not quite there yet :)
After Staunton, I took a right on Aberdeen (I always think of the Aberdeen Terrier when I see that word) street in desperate need of some AC. Lucky for me I walked right into the CUTEST ceramics store, Soul Art. The artist running the store at the time said the main mission of the shop is to make it known that anyone can be an artist. The store also offers pottery classes, and all the items in the store are made by hand and by local artists. It is more of a modern ceramic vibe, a little cutesy and cartoony but still so nice none the less. Best part is the chubby store cat named Tiger.
On my last day I wanted to get something special for my friend getting married in Nashville that weekend and was well into my porcelain obsession at that point. Wanting to stay on the Kowloon side I literally googled "good porcelain in Kowloon." From there all signs pointed to Yuet Tung China Works. Actually, no literal signs pointed to Y.T.C.W. It was tucked into the 3rd floor of a random warehouse near Kowloon Bay, but when you find it it will be beyond worth it. I only had a hour to spare, but I do not exaggerate when I say that someone could spend a full day among the dishes, vases, and sculptures and not even scratch the surface. Among the beautiful piles there were multiple artists hand painting more unique pieces to add to the towers of art.
Let's just say next time I am in Hong Kong an extra empty suitcase is coming with me to carry all my treasures back. Let's hope that visit comes soon.
My Fezziwig Collection! The little yellow guy is a handmade tiger from Soul Art. The tiger is looked at to protect a home in Chinese culture, so this little guy acts and looks like Fezzi :)