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Silk Road and Silver – Chinese economy

By |2019-04-25T05:34:19-07:00June 4th, 2017|China, Economy|

Ming Dynasty Farmers reaping millet or wheat: the Chinese economy What did most people work at? Just like in earlier times, most men and women in Qing Dynasty China were farmers, who spent most of their time planting seeds, weeding, and harvesting. Earlier Chinese economy Ming Dynasty China Qing Dynasty China All our [...]

History of Pottery – Clay Pottery

By |2019-02-12T05:35:48-07:00May 25th, 2017|Art, China, Japan|

History of pottery: Philistine pottery (compare Mycenaean Greek pottery) What is pottery? Pottery is dishes, plates, cups, cooking pots, and storage jars made out of clay. People make dishes and pots out of clay for several reasons. Clay is cheap and easy to get, pretty much anybody can make a useful pot out of [...]

What is kaolin clay? History of Art

By |2018-04-15T15:41:36-07:00May 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 [...]