Category: Informative 3rd July 2017
Ceramic making together with the craft of making clay objects and vessels is recorded as the oldest arts done by man. In pottery making, the clay is cooked at extremely high temperatures in order to harden it. This results into ceramics and other intended objects where painting is finally done to make it attractive. These vessels could then be used for storage of liquids. These objects made from clay were highly valued in the ancient kingdoms especially in China. This was mainly observed in the Ming Empire led by Emperor Jiawen. One of the greatest contributions made by the ruler was the construction of porcelain factory. The major function of the factory was to produce porcelain for state and religious ceremonies. The ceramic items could also be used as gifts in such ceremonies.
Chinese porcelains were introduced in Europe in the fourteenth century. The porcelain objects were highly valued and regarded as objects of luxury. The objects could be mounted on gilt silver and this was to express status on preciousness in the objects. The white and blue ceramics could even be used for trade where they were exported to other regions (Aisin, 2002).
Different designs were used to decorate the ceramic objects produced. The objects were also made of varied sizes together with white delicate vessels (Huang, 1981). The decorations made on the ceramic objects were inspired by nature.
Varied objects are found in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in China. Some of these objects have been preserved for decades and used as a source of history. These ceramic objects have been related to the famous Ming and Qing dynasties. The tow dynasties saw the making of closely related ceramic objects like the dishes and pots. The decorations made on the objects were mostly inspired by nature. Different objects were made where varied paintings and external decorations. This creates some similarities between the two dynasties regarding the making of the ceramic objects (Aisin, 2002).
Pottery was highly valued in the ancient China which saw the crafting of highly attractive ceramic objects. Different objects were made from clay and finally decorated on the surfaces using varied designs. The objects could be used in state and religious ceremonies. Different rulers made their contributions to the expansion of the pottery making by construction of factories where potters could make their objects.