- Name: 龍鳳祥交趾陶藝社
- Year of Establishment: 1987
- Located At: East District, Chiayi City
- Did You Know That …?
- "Cochin (交趾陶)" refers to a type of low-fired pottery most closely associated with Taiwan's Chiayi region. Characterized by bright and glossy figurines and lively representations of animals and flora, it was traditionally used to decorate the walls and roof ridges of temples and important public venues.
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As one of the "seven necessities (開門七件事)," tea is considered an indispensable part of traditional life in East Asia. Chiayi City, the gateway to Alishan, is home to an abundance of places selling high-mountain tea, and as tea culture blossomed and demand for tea ware grew more sophisticated across Taiwan, Long Feng Hsiang Cojy Pottery Art brought together local craftspeople and tea producers to develop tea products with cultural flair to meet that demand.
Long Feng Hsiang Cojy Pottery Art was founded in 1987 with a focus on passing on the skills of cochin ware. For years, the team has held workshops at schools and prisons not only to teach the craft, but also to instill a creative style that incorporates Taiwanese temple culture, creating works that communicate power, beauty, and divinity.
In recent years, the Long Feng Hsiang team has been actively working to develop lead-free glazes, and through the integration of practical design considerations, team members have taken cochin ware from being exclusively in the domain of the art world and brought it into daily life with innovative looks and functionality.
Long Feng Hsiang Cojy Pottery Art has also begun investing creative energy into community building, bringing together makers of wood, cochin ware, ceramic, and glass crafts to focus on Alishan high-mountain tea, thereby harnessing the creativity of local craftspeople and developing distinctively local tea ware.
Elegant tea ware rich in symbolism can add an artistic touch to the experience of drinking tea. The introduction of elements unique to Chiayi's particular tea culture and regional craftsmanship to the production process also creates a situation where culture and crafts are able to fully complement one another.
Apart from making classically refined cochin ware representative of Chiayi, Long Feng Hsiang packages its wares in boxes made from recycled kraft paper. The vibrant natural imagery and themes are also in step with modern environmental consciousness, an aspect which is further incorporated through working with organic tea farmers and producers to select the most appropriate teas, completing novel tea gift sets that are building a Taiwanese brand while also promoting Chiayi's tea and wares.