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Tang Dynasty Chinese Pottery – Medieval China

By |2018-08-08T07:11:45+00:00June 6th, 2017|Art, China|

T'ang Dynasty cup (Musee Guimet, Paris) Who invented porcelain? About 700 AD in China, plain white porcelain pottery first begins to appear, like these cups and these bowls. What is porcelain? Porcelain is a special kind of pottery. Chinese potters working under the T'ang Dynasty discovered that if you used a special kind [...]

What is kaolin clay? History of Art

By |2018-04-15T15:41:36+00:00May 25th, 2017|Art, China, Geology|

A chunk of kaolin clay Kaolin clay and porcelain Kaolin is a kind of clay with a lot of aluminum, silica, and oxygen in it. It is the kind of clay you use to make porcelain. Feldspar Kaolin clay starts out as a kind of igneous rock called feldspar. When feldspar erodes in places [...]