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When was the first porcelain made?As early as the Shang dynasty (16th - 11th century B.C.) a white stoneware was made in China for the first time. Glazed "porcelain" is also found for the first time during this period.The making of blue-and-white Chinese Porcelain started in China by the time of the Mongolian invasion, in the mid-thirteenth century.By the time of the Roman Empire Chinese "greenwares" from the south of China was exported to neighboring countries.About 1000 years ago the Chinese had become one of the greatest naval powers of the world and engaged heavily in the export of early white porcelain still to be found all over South East Asia, having adjusted their distaste for trade accordingly to fit their need for money to fight the invading barbarians.With the Portuguese discovery of a sea route to China in the 16th century, the Europeans soon became their most demanding customers. The repertoires of Chinese porcelain manufacturers were completely transformed to suit the complex social habits of Europeans. Often, orders from Europe were accompanied by drawings or models to show precisely what was desired.

European Porcelain

5 South Korean Ceramic And Pottery Master Craftsmen Show Off Their Skills.

Chinese Porcelain

Porcelain is a ceramic material made by heating materials, generally including kaolin, in a kiln to temperatures between 1,200 and 1,400 °C (2,200 and 2,600 °F). The toughness, strength, and translucence of porcelain arises mainly from the formation of glass and the mineral mullite within the fired body at these high temperatures.


Porcelain Craft

Flower Centrepiece, 18th century, Spain.




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