Chinese ceramic ware is an artform that has been developing since the dynastic periods. The first types of ceramics were made about ten to eleven thousand years ago. The history of Chinese ceramics began some eight thousand years ago with the crafting of hand-molded earthenware vessels.
Nanjing Museum. Under the Ming Emperors Chinese art blossomed, and large amounts of porcelain was exported to Europe, where scientists tried unsuccessfully to copy it. For more about traditional Chinese arts and crafts, see:.
Chinese potteryalso called Chinese ceramicsobjects made of clay and hardened by heat: earthenwarestoneware, and porcelainparticularly those made in China. Nowhere in the world has pottery assumed such importance as in China, and the influence of Chinese porcelain on later European pottery has been profound. The earliest evidence for art in any form in ancient China consists of crude cord-marked pottery and artifacts decorated with geometric designs found in Mesolithic sites in northern China and in the Guangdong-Guangxi regions.
Though there is much dispute over the origins of porcelain, traces of ceramic ware have been found that date back to 17, or 18, years ago in Southern China, an age that makes it among some of oldest ceramic vestiges found in the world. These old traces display evidence of pottery being created in the crudest and most basic of fashions, so that the finished product can be used as some archaic form. Though the Chinese subcontinent is rich in the resources that are required for the creation of fine pottery, certain places became better known in the region for their production of superior porcelain products. The contrasting geological differences in the northern and southern parts of China also served to ensure that the pottery that developed in the two regions differed widely in color, texture, and material composition.
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LONDON — The Ming Dynasty ruled China from toand it was under its aegis, during the first half of the 15th century, that technological and design advances brought milky white and cobalt-blue porcelain to perfection. The show runs from Sept. With its population of around 85 million, 15th-century Ming China was by far the largest state on the globe.
The porcelain of the Ming Dynasty of China CE benefitted, as did other arts, from the economic success of the 15th century CE, in particular, and the consequent surge in demand for quality handcraft production both at home and abroad. The Ming dynasty is rightly famous for its fine ceramics and especially the cobalt blue-and-white porcelain produced in such towns as Jingdezhen in Jiangxi province. Still highly prized by collectors today, Ming porcelain would have a major influence on the ceramics of many other countries from Japan to Britain.
Chinese ceramics, with their long history, offer a reflection of Chinese history, from their invention, development and many transformations. Not only do they showcase technological advances but also the changes and developments in society and in the material and spiritual life of the Chinese people. Although we see stone wares in China years ago during the Shang period, the firing process and materials were not mature enough at this time to produce porcelain.
The decoration is commonly applied by hand, originally by brush painting, but nowadays by stencilling or by transfer-printingthough other methods of application have also been used. The cobalt pigment is one of the very few that can withstand the highest firing temperatures that are required, in particular for porcelainwhich partly accounts for its long-lasting popularity. Historically, many other colours required overglaze decoration and then a second firing at a lower temperature to fix that.