Collection: PORCELAIN

por·ce·lain | ˈpôrs(ə)lən | noun
a white vitrified translucent ceramic;

I work with  different formulations of porcelain in making teaware in both mid-fire oxidation and high-fire reduction environments (including wood-fired and gas kilns).  All works are hand made, most wheel thrown and many altered after throwing.
- Jasmine

PORCELAIN is white, fine-grained, hard and durable, and translucent pottery originating in Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province in Southern China during the Tang dynasty (618-907). The word porcelain derives from mid-16th century French porcelaine, which comes from Italian ‘porcellana’ (‘cowrie shell’), used by Marco Polo to describe the pottery he saw in China in the late 1200’s CE.

It is historically made from 2 main ingredients: kaolin and petuntse (feldspathic rock aka feldspar) Each individual modern formulation may have additional ingredients to adjust its use such as added silica, quartz to improve strength or bone ash to improve the whiteness and translucency.
- Kaolin is a white clay that is rich in kaolinite and naturally low in iron-oxides and fluxes. The name “kaolin” comes from a Chinese village Gāolǐng 高嶺, near Jingdezhen.
- Petuntse (白墩子 bái dūn zì) is a historic term to refer to a range of feldspar rocks, all of which are igneous rocks, meaning that they are formed through the cooling and solidification of magma or lava.

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