Glazed roof tile production techniques
Qufu glazed roof tiles can be divided into architectural artworks, glazed crafts, and garden architectural products.
Colorful glazed roof tiles [Photo/official WeChat account of Jining culture and tourism bureau]
Glazed roof tiles used to have only two glaze colors, golden yellow and turquoise. In recent years, the technical staff of the Dazhuang glazed roof tile factory combined traditional techniques and modern science and technology to develop black, blue and other colored glazed tiles.
Workers make glazed roof tiles in the Dazhuang factory. [Photo/official WeChat account of Jining culture and tourism bureau]
During the Ming and Qing dynasties (1368-1911), the traditional glazed roof tiles of Dazhuang village in Qufu, a county-level city in Jining, were mainly used to build and restore the Temple and Cemetery of Confucius, the Kong Family Mansion, the Mencius Family Mansion and other ancient Confucian buildings. Before the People's Republic of China was founded in 1949, its main products were sold to Xuzhou, Huangcangyu, Jinan Theatre and Jining Dongda Temple, in addition to being used in building and restoring the ancient buildings of the Sankong (the Temple and Cemetery of Confucius and the Kong Family Mansion).