Ceramic Vase

The word ceramic comes from the Greek word ‘keramos’ meaning pottery. It is related to an old Sanskrit root meaning ‘to burn’ but was primarily used to mean ‘burnt stuff’. Ceramic is a non metallic material made from clay and hardened by firing at higher temperature. It contains minute silicate crystals suspended in glassy cement. The story of ceramics may have begun as early as 30,000 years ago. The discovery that fire made soft crumbly clay shapes permanent is the beginning of ceramics. Ceramic invention happened independently in different parts of the world – Europe, east and west Asia, Africa, the Americas and in the Pacific. 

Ceramic pottery is of different types based on the region in which it is made and the type of clay from which ceramic is made. An example of this is the ceramic of Talavera. Talavera is a type of majolica earthenware, a white glazed type of ceramic. Talavera is the oldest tin-glazed ceramic in America and is still manufactured with the same technique as in the 16th century. It is believed that the development of ceramic pottery first began in the western part of Asia or the Middle East as we call it. At least around 6500 BC the making of ceramic figurines and pottery were well established in many villages of Western Asia. After the invention of pottery in the Neolithic period, the ancient Chinese succeeded in producing painted pottery, black pottery and carved pottery. As a result of the long years of experience in kiln firing, China entered the ceramic age during the reign of the Han dynasty. Chinese ceramic vases are very valuable, expensive and exquisite.

Ceramic vases not only look beautiful and delicate but also elegant. Their beauty depends on the method in which they are made as well as the style they are made in.


                                                                                   



 

 

 

 

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