The Jun glaze included blue-gray, sky-blue, moon-white, red and purple, the most prized have crimson or purple splashes. Varying the temperature of the kilns changed colour tints, a technique known as yaobian. The foot of the later period ware is usually unglazed and brown; the rim of bowls can also be brown or greenish where the glaze is thinner. Song period examples display a careful finishing with glaze inside the foot.
The art of producing the Jun ware was not lost but kept alive by craftsmen who inherited the techniques and skills of this art from their ancestors. Today masters of Jun ware can produce the artifacts with such high standard that their ware can match or even surpass those produced by their ancestors. This is evident from the Jun vase recently made by a master. This vase, after firing, has a unique glaze that resembles the natural mountain scene with a misty surrounding.
Although Song dynasty Jun ware is high sough after, the newly created masterpieces are equally sough after by collectors who like the Jun ware. The reason is simple, it is not easy to create a masterpiece as most Jun pieces were rejected by their creators due to imperfections in the glaze after firing.
|A masterpiece Jun ware|
Some Jun pieces produced during the Song and Yuan dynasties.