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History Of Porcelain Art
Dating back to ancient China, porcelain painting remains a popular symbol of beauty and power. An art without frontiers Porcelain Art collectors and artists take pride in the fact that their beautiful porcelain art works will live on after them. In addition, the careful balancing of mixtures and pigments, the difficulty of application and individual skill that go into the creation of each piece contributes to making Art on Porcelain one of the most diverse, gorgeous and desired art forms of all time.

Beginning as an ancient Chinese secret, porcelain evolved to become the symbol of great wealth and stature as European powers introduced it into the West. Today, art on porcelain is as various and eclectic as the many artists who discover it as a medium for creating sublime aesthetic pieces.
    618 AD Porcelain discovered in the Tang Dynasty in China where its composition remained secret for hundreds of years
  1295 AD It is rumored that Marco Polo may have been the first to bring a Chinese porcelain vase to Italy.
  Early 1500’s Trade was established with the Far East and porcelain became a valued symbol of luxury and wealth. European powers began to seek the secret of porcelain.
  Late 1500’s Europeans failed to unlock the Chinese secret.
  1709 AD Augustus II, King of Poland locked the German chemist, Johann FriedrichBottgu, in a lab until he came up with a formula for porcelain.
  1730 AD Johann Joachim Kandler created small, figurines.
  America Porcelain made its way to America.
  Late 1800’s the cost of porcelain production was so high that it was only made for royalty and nobility.
  TODAY this magnificent art form has produced figurines, jewelry, boxes, ornaments, tableware, and so much more!
Porcelain can be classified separately from other ceramics by its translucent appearance (light can pass through it), its strength and durability (porcelain is very hard, much moredurable than other ceramics) and its color (porcelain is white). The more distinguishable these traits are, the better the quality of the porcelain.

Art is created on porcelain by painting the surface of the porcelain with mineral based pigments, usually mixed by the artist. Then the piece is fired in a kiln ata variety of temperaturesup to 1200 degrees! The porcelain must then cool for hours, even up to a day before it can even be touched. Sometimes a piece must be painted and fired several times before it is finished. It can even be combined in its liquid form (called slip) or fired with a multitude of different minerals including gold, silver, iron and glass to create a variety of different works of art: jewelry, dolls, sculpture, and so much more. Patience, skill and attention to detail are necessary for a successful porcelain artist. We hope that you are (or will become) as passionate as we are about Art On Porcelain. As you explore ArtonPorcelain.net you will learn even more about this incredible medium. So welcome and enjoy what ArtOnPorcelain.net has to offer.