Uygur moulding earthenware firing

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Uygur moulding earthenware firing

Uygur moulding clay pottery firing technology, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region Yingjisha County traditional handicraft, one of the national intangible cultural heritage.

Uygur moulding pottery has a history of more than two thousand years. After the middle of the ninth century, Uygur ancestors moved westward to the vicinity of the Tarim Basin, inherited the pottery making skills of the local ancients, and through continuous improvement and development, formed the unique Uygur earthenware, which has been handed down to this day.

On May 20, 2006, Uygur moulding clay pottery firing technology was approved by the State Council of the People's Republic of China and listed in the first batch of national intangible cultural heritage list, item number_-6.

Historical Origin

Uygur moulding clay pottery firing technology has a history of more than two thousand years. With the opening of the Silk Road, it has been rising, developing and innovating, and has been spreading. It is handed down orally without detailed written records. Uygur's ancestors were nomads. Pottery was not commonly used by nomads because of its bulkiness, fragility and portability. After the mid-ninth century, Uygur's ancestors moved westward to the vicinity of the Tarim Basin to become settled farmers, inheriting the pottery making skills of local ancients, and began to use pottery in large quantities. Due to the limitation of the quality and firing technology of local pottery, Uygur pottery is mainly made of earthen pottery, but no local pottery has been unearthed or handed down.

Technological characteristics

Uygur earthenware can be divided into three types: plain, glazed and painted. Vegetable pottery has flower pots, flower pots and so on. Uygur people love flowers and plants at home. They grow various kinds of flowers and ornamental plants such as fig trees and oleanders in useful flower pots. Therefore, flower pots and flower pots are very common. Uygur people use a lot of woodwork, so they have not seen tile basin.

There are also a large number of pots in Uygur earthenware, which are decorated with colorful glaze. In terms of shape, the cylinders of various types are similar to those of the Han nationality. However, pots and tableware are in various forms. Compared with the same kind of utensils in the mainland, Uygur pottery is generally exaggerated. The unique shape is mainly embodied in various pots, with a distinct Arab style. The shape, color and shape are so rich that it shows that the Uygur people are mature in making earthenware and have their own style.

Technological process

- Soil preparation and mud preparation

Select delicate, water-absorbing clay, crush the soil, screen out impurities, add water-bubble slurry, step on, knead, and ferment in the shade of the first floor of the workshop (mostly the second floor) for 1-2 days.

Processing and moulding

Uygur earthenware modeling methods are common as follows:

1. Moulding method: that is to say, to make blanks by means of moulds. Put the slime into the model and press it forcefully, then take it out slightly dry, that is, the blank. There are single-sided and double-sided moulds in the moulding. The beautiful jade flat pot in Uygur earthen pottery is made by pressing out two moulds before and after they are bonded together and fired.

2. Drawing method: Put the mud on the rotating disc, and the craftsman rotates the driving wheel with both feet (two people cooperate, one person shakes the driving disc to drive the making of the wheel). With the rotation of the wheel, the mud rotates rapidly on the disc. Craftsmen use their hands to shape them by lifting them. The flat tire of utensils pulled by this kind of wheel plate is limited to round articles. Generally, the bottom is thick and the mouth is thin. It is often found in bowls, plates, cans, pots, cylinders, basins, etc.

3. Rotary method: Put the mud blank on the rotating mud disc, and combine the hand with the auxiliary tools. It is like a rotating bed standing up. Then the mud blank can be turned into pots, bottles and cans with screwy lines.

4. Adhesion: It is an assistant modeling method. The handle and mouth of some objects, or the local decals, are carved with clay to make the necessary accessories, and then bonded to the desired parts with the sticky mud to form the accessories.

- Glazing

Glaze is mainly melted with lead. After melting lead into liquid, quartz sand is added and agitated rapidly until the lead melt and quartz are decomposed into dispersed form, which is green-grey. Then put quartz powder in proportion, stir-fry into yellow-grey, let lead thoroughly melt into quartz powder, that is, lead glaze.

Screening grinding: first screen out quartz sand with fine screen, then put the glaze screened into the pot, each time put a small bowl with smooth stone carefully grinding. Subsequently, in order to prevent the existence of particles, it is best to sift through them once.

Glazing: Clean the dried tire with a brush to remove the floating soil, then add water to the glaze to make it paste, and pour a layer of glaze on the painted tire.

- Kiln-loading and firing

The glazed blanks are thoroughly dried and regularly loaded into the kiln. There should be gaps between them. After the kiln is installed, the top of the kiln is sealed. The prepared shrubs and dry wood are ignited and fired. Firstly, the kiln wall turns white after a small fire for about 1 hour. Then the kiln wall begins to increase the fire temperature for 1-1.5 hours. From the observation port, it can be seen that the kiln tube blank begins to be bright and transparent from orange-orange-red to pottery glaze, and the fire can be ceased. Seal all the ventilation ports of the kiln, bake them until the next day to open the ventilation ports to dissipate heat. After cooling, the perfect pottery can be taken out, known as "out of the kiln".

Uygur earthenware is a kind of low-temperature glazed pottery. It uses shrubs and branches as fuel, the kiln temperature is controlled at about 800 C, and the glaze is colored with minerals containing iron, copper and aluminium.

Inheritance and Protection

Inheritance value

Uygur earthenware contains many cultural concepts of Uygur people based on historical traditions and religious beliefs, which fully reflects the unique aesthetic taste, imaginative aesthetic thinking and creative talent of Uygur people. Among them, the impact of the collision of Chinese and Western cultures along the ancient Silk Road and other ethnic cultures in Xinjiang can also be seen. Influence. It provides an important example for the study and explanation of the history of cultural exchanges between the East and the West in the ancient Western Regions, especially the multi-branch Chinese culture, which has important historical, cultural and practical value.

Current situation of inheritance

With the rapid development of social economy and culture, earthenware is used less and less in people's daily life, resulting in a sharp decline in varieties. For example, Turpan has been reduced from a hundred to a few, and its color has also been simplified. In addition to pots and flower pots, earthenware has basically withdrawn from people's lives. Because of the impact of the market economy, most of the earthenware craftsmen idled their ancestral crafts, and the younger generation did not intend to learn and inherit the traditional firing techniques. Before 1949, there were more than one hundred pottery craftsmen in Kashgar's Kuozi Yarbisi residential area. Later, there were only 11 craftsmen, of whom only 17 were craftsmen.

Heritage figures

Abu Du Rehman Maimai Di, male, Uygur, born in 1949, is a native of Nine Villages in Mangshen Township, Yingjisha County, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. In June 2007, Abu Du Rehman Maimai Di was selected as the representative successor of the first batch of national intangible cultural heritage projects. Yingjisha County of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region declared.

protective measures

In the summer of 2011, Dawuti Aji joined 13 local pottery craftsmen to establish a professional cooperative of farmers'crafts in Milas, Baren Township, Aktao County.

In 2014, the Miras Farmers'Craft Cooperative in Baren Township was named the productive protection base of Xinjiang intangible cultural heritage (Uygur moulding clay pottery firing technology).

In 2018, the firing techniques of Uygur moulded clay pottery in Yingjisha County, Kashgar City and Turpan City in Kashgar Region were included in the first batch of national traditional craft revitalization catalogues.

major schools

The main schools of Uygur moulding clay pottery firing techniques are Turpan Uygur clay pottery, Yingjisha Uygur clay pottery and Kashgar Uygur clay pottery.


Turpan Uygur earthenware technology mainly spreads in the Uygur community of Turpan area in eastern Xinjiang. Turpan Uygur clay pottery technology is mainly divided into three kinds: plain pottery, plain glazed pottery and colored glazed pottery. Turpan earthenware is good at pots of various shapes.

Yn gizarm

Yingjisha Uygur earthenware technology is mainly spread in the Uygur community of Yingjisha County and its towns in Kashgar area of southern Xinjiang. The handmade clay pottery industry in Yingjisha has a long history. Because clay pottery is an indispensable and widely used traditional tool in the family life of Uygur people, the local pottery technology is mainly inherited by Uygur folk craftsmen.


Kashgar Uygur earthenware technology is mainly spread in Kashgar area in southern Xinjiang Kashgar City, Kashgar Chasa Street Office Kuozi Yarbisi community. Kashgar Uygur clay pottery technology is mainly divided into "plain pottery" and "glazed pottery" two categories, of which "glazed pottery" is the most distinctive, its raw materials are from the local unique red mortar, its clay pottery products are divided into two parts of building glazed bricks and living appliances, especially pots, pots, plates, bowls, vats, pots, lamps and other more than 70 kinds of daily necessities are the most prominent.

social influence

Important Exhibitions

In 1987, the clay pottery products made in Yingjisha County were selected by the foreign trade department of Kashgar to participate in the "Xinjiang Civil Goods Exhibition" held in Japan.

Honorary recognition

In 1988, the series of painted pottery products made in Yingjisha County were acquired and collected by the Gallery of the Central Academy of Fine Arts.

In 1991, the series of painted pottery works produced by Yingjisha County won the second prize in the Xinjiang Folk Art Competition held in Urumqi.