Ding Ware is known for its fine craftsmanship and sensitive incised decorations. Often found with an unglazed rim covered with a metal ring, each piece seems very self-contained and poised. This particular Ding Ware bowl is from the Christie’s Auction site. I was immediately struck by the simplicity and grace of the carved image, which gives me hope for my own carved images, that they may one day be as graceful. Many examples of this Ding carving are much more complex and involve lotus and floral images, dragons, and even some cherub-esque figures. This simple design is eye catching connects with the outer rim, forming a contained and dynamic image.