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Ceramics

One of long-standing traditional antiques in China, ceramics has long been arguably hailed as an icon of ancient Chinese culture.

Overview of Chinese Ceramics
Chinese ceramics have gone through a series of ups and downs in history as an important traditional form of Chinese art. China has a rich collection of the raw materials of making ceramics. It is believed that Chinese ceramics can date back as early as the Palaeolithic era. Chinese Ceramics generally refer to a wide range of materials, from bricks and tiles, to handmade pottery wares fired from kilns, to the intricate porcelain wares fired exclusively for the royal family. However porcelain is so steeped in Chinese culture that the westerners still collectively call the ceramics as China. Back in those times, the majority of Chinese ceramics used to be made on an industrial scale, even those of high quality. Many of the most renowned workshops used to be state-owned and cater to the needs of the royal family. Moreover a large number of ceramics were once exported overseas as diplomatic gifts or for trade.

History of Chinese Ceramics
Chinese ceramics include all ceramic wares which are white and translucent, no matter what materials are put together to create them. The traditional Chinese ceramics include two major categories of ceramics: high-fired and low-fired. The high-quality ceramics are often seen as the same as the fine and compact porcelain. Chinese ceramic wares are usually categorized into two kinds of styles according to different areas. The ceramic style varies greatly between the Yellow river and the Yangtze River. The difference lies in the different raw materials produced in these areas.

At the mention of Chinese ceramics Jingdezhen Town enjoys a long history and a high prestige across China. Back in Tang Dynasty, the high-quality earth of the Gaoling Mountain produced in Jingdezhen Town used to be favored by the imperial court and ever since then, a kind of white and green ceramic used to be fired in the kilns across Jingdezhen Town. This earth found in here is so excellent that it was once likened to the artificial jade. In later times, Chinese ceramics were exported to the western countries via the Silk Road and the affluent traders in the west used to decorate houses with these high-quality ceramic items.

With a trip to China, the ceramics are worth taking home as a gift, souvenir or some kind of decoration.