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The secret of porcelain tea ware

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The secret of porcelain tea ware

There’s ceramics from all over the world, but some are so wonderfully bright white. Why aren’t all ceramics this white? 

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Is tea ware too hot to handle?

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Is tea ware too hot to handle?

We all have it once in a while that we are steeping great tea and then just can't fill all the tea cups because the tea ware gets too hot. We all would like to prepare our tea with a great Gaiwan, but we don't want to burn our fingers every time we prepare tea. For many people this is already the time to give up on porcelain tea ware. They'll find a glass tea pot and prepare their tea in this convenient way, never getting to experience the great synergy of porcelain and tea.    What went wrong?  This is a...

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The Porcelain Company Ltd. Our dream, part II

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The Porcelain Company Ltd.  Our dream, part II

  The reason why we set up this company is all about a dream, our mission to preserve handmade porcelain for future generations.  We are very familiar with the porcelain capital and slightly sad about recent developments in the city. Unfortunately, machines replace human skills and therefore generations of experience gets lost, just overnight. Porcelain is made in factories and these factories compete on price, since it’s too hard for them to produce unique products.  Thus, we find the last artists in town, ask them to make porcelain according to their ideas and skills and we help them sell it....

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Why is wood-fired porcelain expensive?

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Why is wood-fired porcelain expensive?

In China, the technology of wood-fired kilns, capable of firing up to 1000 C°, dates back to pre-dynastic times (at least 2000 BC). During the centuries, they were subject to great innovations and changes. The south of China developed the “Dragon” kiln around 200 AD (Eastern Han Dynasty), the North of China started using the “Mantou” kiln at around the same time (some scholars date the first production of porcelain to this very period of time).  Jingdezhen, which had started making pottery in the 6th century BC changed from the dragon kiln to the more effective gourd-shaped kiln, which was...

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The different styles of porcelain produced in Jingdezhen

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The different styles of porcelain produced in Jingdezhen

Jingdezhen is famous in the world for its porcelain. Pottery had been produced here as early as the Eastern Han dynasty (AD 25-220) and porcelain first during the Eastern Jin (AD 317-420). Jingdezhen later became China´s largest porcelain producing area starting from the 14th century. It is best known for its blue and white “Qinghua”, “Fencai” and various color-glazed porcelains. Please read on for a brief introduction to these typical kinds of porcelain crafted in Jingdezhen.   Blue-White “Qinghua” porcelain This style requires a production method called “Underglaze”. The patterns or designs are painted on the surface of a stoneware...

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