When relative clauses are stacked, is it possible to omit relative pronoun and the verb BE?

the anwere was supposed to be " the richly decorated porcelains made in China and Japan"

but some students wrote "The porcelains richly decorated made in China and Japan ."

I want to know whether in two stacked relative clauses, R-pronouns and be-verb could be omitted

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    There is no problem with the omitted relative pronoun, but the order of your modifiers is not natural. Most adjectives in English precede the noun they modify, so you would have richly decorated porcelains made in China and Japan. – oerkelens Jul 9 '17 at 12:35
  • You have shown half a sentence. Your redo is poetic, and poetry makes us think. Most writers, though, prefer to have readers think about what they wrote rather than what the words actually mean. So if your words make us work hard, you have to decide if you want that. – Yosef Baskin Jul 9 '17 at 13:42
  • There are no relative clauses in your example sentence. – BillJ Jul 9 '17 at 16:33
  • I imagine that the relative clause you refer to is the one that "the richly decorated porcelains that were made in China and Japan" would contain: "that were made in China and Japan." In this case "that" and "were" could be dropped. In your students' sentence, the modifiers (as pointed out above), are in an awkward place and would need to be set off by commas to work even poetically. In the students' sentence "decorated" reads like the predicate and so makes the construction difficult to interpret. – Zan700 Jul 10 '17 at 15:31