How were Chinese pots made, glazed and fired? Why did China discover porcelain more than one thousand years before the West? What are the effects of China's influence on world ceramics? These questions (and many more) are answered in this lavishly-illustrated history of Chinese ceramic technology. The scene is set through the use of historical texts, archaeological excavation, and the principles of ceramic science. Chapters follow on the formation of clays and their relation to the underlying geologies of China, on firing, on manufacturing methods and sequences, on glazes, pigments and gilding, and on the impact of Chinese ceramic technology around the world, from the seventh to the twenty-first centuries. This is a volume unique in its coverage, which brings together research materials in several languages for the first time. With additional contributions by Ts'ai Mei-fen (National Palace Museum, Taipei) and Zhang Fukang (Shanghai Institute of Ceramics).Continuing on the tea theme, the last clay-type to be described in this section of the book is the material used to make Chi-chou wares in Chiangsi province. Chi- chou was another major site for tea-bowl making in south China, though tea- bowls were far from being the only ... kilns was the use of resist decoration, either spots that left blurred glaze runs resembling tie-dyed textile, or papercuts. or leaves.
|Title||:||Science and Civilisation in China: Volume 5, Chemistry and Chemical Technology, Part 12, Ceramic Technology|
|Author||:||Rose Kerr, Joseph Needham, Nigel Wood|
|Publisher||:||Cambridge University Press - 2004-10-14|