Jianshui, a city located in south Yunnan province which had a name Lin’an in the history. In the early years of the Ming dynasty the government started to billet soldiers near the broader, as a result, the city of Jianshui was established in that era at the year 1387 A.D. Due to the abundance of five-color clay in this area, many mainland ceramic makers migrated here to setup kilns and making bows, pots and more. Gradually a craftsmen oriented village was formed which named Wanyao‘ means bowl kiln in English, This name is still in use today.
In 1953, the local government grouped a number of nearby clay craftsmen together and formed the ‘Wahuoshe’ means the clay society, the name then changed to ‘Tutaochang’ means clay & ceramic factory and later it was renamed again to ‘Taocizongchang’ means the head ceramic factory which produce the essential households clay goods. Three years ago, the factory closed down, the workers went home, the kilns were distinguished, and the machine were covered in dust. Many real estate developers now come here to negotiate deals to buy this piece of land.
I found that in the hearts of every helpless worker who was sent home still retained the memories and feeling of the time when they were working in the factory. I wish that every time when I release my camera shutter I can preserve their precious moments, join them tracing the past and sing the sad farewell song.