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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 (Vizzie born and raised in Jingdezhen and Renco works in Jingdezhen for almost 6 years) 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, me and Renco, we find the last artists in...

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Our dream, a porcelain dream

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Our dream, a porcelain dream

Handmade porcelain for the world  Me being born and raised in Jingdezhen, I have seen many old houses built with bricks and tiles, ceramic factories, workers in ceramic industry, different kinds of kilns and other traditional things, representing the long Jingdezhen history. But, such a pity: most of these old traditions disappeared these recent years, more and more machine replaced human skills. Different from made manual, porcelain becomes a commodity and you can find the same average quality everywhere.  The founders of The Porcelain Company   Until I met one person from Holland called Renco, who lighted the hope of...

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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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