Last of a kind, May 7

7 May 2014

Wang Shanben, from Beiyao Village in Shandong province, learnt to make black pottery at age 14. Today, at 76, he is the last person left making the local specialty – samples of which are pictured above – using the traditional method. Once removed from the kiln, the pieces are cleaned by hand. Pottery has been produced in Shandong for 4,000 years.