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Mar

22

Blue-and-white Flask with Ruyi-scepter Shaped Ears and Interlocking Lotus Design

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Blue-and-white Flask with Ruyi-scepter Shaped Ears and Interlocking Lotus Design

Qianlong Reign (1736-1795), Qing Dynasty (1644-1911)

This pot has a garlic-head shaped mouth and a pair of ruyi-shaped ears. The interior is glazed white while the exterior is painted with floral designs. This vessel was made for court use during the Qianlong era (1736-1795) at Jingdezhen imperial kiln. This flask reflects the popularity of antique style at that time.

Jan

3

Double-gourd-shaped Vase Decorated with Bats

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Qianlong reign (1736-1795), Qing dynasty (1644-1911)

The double-gourd-shaped vase has a straight mouth, short neck, and a smaller upper bulb compared with the lower one which gracefully terminates in a narrow, slightly upturned foot. The interior wall is applied with turquoise glaze and the exterior with red cloud-like bat designs on the blue-green-glazed ground. At the bottom inside the foot ring, grouped in three lines within a single-line crimson frame, are six crimson characters in seal script reading “Made in the Qianlong period of the Great Qing” (Daqing Qianlong nian zhi).
  Vessels in gourd shapes are typical among traditional Chinese porcelain productions. Based on some of its characteristics such as its intertwining tendrils and profuse seeds (in Chinese, the character for “seed” [zi] is homophonic with the character for “offspring”), the gourd is often connected with auspicious meanings such as abundance and fertility. The gourd was also considered a holy object for Daoist practice. Over the centuries, it was believed that people with miraculous powers were able to use gourd as a vehicle to enter the land of the immortals. At the same time, it is also used as containers for Daoist elixirs of immortality. The pattern decorating the vase is also intended as a rebus in which great fortune and blessing (“hongfu” in Chinese) are represented by image of the red bats (also pronounced “hongfu”).
  Both the elegant, round shape and the bat pattern help us to glimpse how “fortune” was understood and celebrated during the Qianlong reign.

Double-gourd-shaped Vase Decorated with Bats

Jul

4

Moon-white Tripod Incense Burner with Double Ears, Jun Ware

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Moon-white Tripod Incense Burner with Double Ears, Jun Ware

 

 

Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368)

Jun kiln is located in site at Yuzhou city, Henan province This is a typical Jun ware. The moon-white glaze is smooth with luster. The dark clay color can be seen through thin glaze in some areas. Curvy lines, known as “earthworm marks”, are clearly shown in the glaze, one of the characteristics of the Jun wares.

Jan

8

World Market Ceramic Vase Decor Ideas

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World Market Ceramic Vase Decor Ideas

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Part low-cost decor emporium, part global grocery store, this relatively new chain (it started as an independent San Francisco shop in 1958) has exploded in recent years, and it’s not hard to see why. Not only can you pick up an Indian-inspired duvet cover, but you’ll also find French lavender laundry detergent to wash it with, as well as Belgian chocolate to snack on as you snuggle in bed. Nowhere else can you go around the world of furniture, decor, food and drink in less than 80 minutes. (I also love that the store has partnered with Novica, an online marketplace that sells the work of artisans from around the globe, to offer some of its lower-priced pieces in their stores.)

Jan

8

Ceramic Tile Decorating Ideas

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Ceramic tiles are tiles made from clay that has been fired, similar to pottery. Typically ceramic tiles also include a glaze and are made into nearly any color. The tile is most commonly used in places like kitchens and bathrooms. When homeowners choose to create their own ceramic tile design, they have a choice between different colors, sizes and styles.
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Plan Colors

  • Because ceramic tiles can come in such an array of shades, homeowners have the freedom to choose between many different colors. The options can overwhelm some homeowners, but it is necessary to remember that colors should always follow style. If homeowners want a cheering kitchen, they should focus on pale fruit colors. A Tuscan kitchen lean more toward ambers and golds, while striking modern designs are made using both very dark and very light tile. Read more »

Apr

25

Oversized Coffee Cups

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Coffee lovers cannot get enough of their favorite beverage, so having an oversized coffee cup is particularly useful. An oversized mug allows the coffee drinker to have ample servings of coffee at one time, without having to worry about constantly refilling the mug. Making an oversized mug is relatively easy and you can do many things with the finished product, including giving it to other coffee lovers as a gift.

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    Lay old newspapers down to protect your work area. If you’re working on a table with texture, the newspapers will keep the clay from absorbing the design on the table.

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    Take a fist-sized piece of clay and roll it into a ball. Put the ball on the table and stick your thumbs in the center. Carefully pinch the clay, extending it out to the desired width of your mug. Keep in mind that for an oversized coffee cup, the base should be wide. Do not worry if the sides start to cave in or are too thin; you can fix any problems in the next steps.

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    Take another ball of clay and use both hands to roll out a long coil. Slowly and evenly distribute pressure along the coil to ensure that it remains the same size. Avoid rolling the coil too thin; it should be no thinner than a quarter of an inch.

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    Attach the coil to the bottom piece of clay by first scoring the bottom of the coil. Scoring is done by creating a checked pattern into the clay with a needle. Wet the scored area using a paintbrush dipped in water. After you have scored it, attach the coil onto the bottom slab and smooth the inside and outside edges together. Continue stacking the coils one on top of another until you have reached the desired height for your oversized coffee cup. Read more »

Apr

25

Gift Mugs

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Custom mugs are a great gift to give for any occasion. Paint is an inexpensive way to personalize a plain, ceramic coffee mug that can be picked up at any discount store. Instead of going to an expensive paint-a-pot store, follow these instructions to make a great mug at home. Mugs also make an excellent rainy day project for kids.

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    Select your paints. Make sure the product is nontoxic and microwave/dishwasher safe. Enamel paint and ceramic paints are generally your best bet. Porcelain paint pens are water-based and allow you to draw right on the mug with little mess and cleanup.

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    Clean the outside of your mug with a cotton ball saturated in rubbing alcohol and allow to dry.

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    Sketch out your desired design on paper before you start painting.

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    Hold your stencil on the mug and gently dab paint inside lines. Allow to dry and apply a second coat. Continue this process until desired look is achieved. Sponges, rubber or foam stamps can also be used to create patterns on your mug. A coat of nontoxic, clear sealer will make your design shine.

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    Allow paint to dry overnight. Place the mug in a room temperature oven and turn it on to the degree indicated on the paint package, as many ceramic materials cannot withstand sudden changes in temperature, according to Dickblick.com.

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    Fill the mug with candy or individual cocoa or coffee packets. Cut a 10-inch circle out of wrapping paper, tulle or fabric. Place the mug in the center and tie up with a ribbon to give as a gift.

Apr

25

Paint Ceramic Mugs

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While you can usually find painted ceramic mugs in most boutique gift shops, creating your own allows you to customize the mug with your own designs. You can add names, favorite sports teams’ emblems and even inside jokes. With undecorated mugs selling for mere dollars at discount shops, painted ceramic mugs also make a perfect and inexpensive party favor. The only limit when decorating ceramic mugs is your own creativity and the dimensions of the mug.

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    Clean the mug’s surface with rubbing alcohol and your lint-free towel. Most paints will encourage you to start with a clean surface and rubbing alcohol will remove any grease or other unwanted substances from the mug without leaving a soapy film behind.

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    Choose a design you know will fit comfortably on your mug. As well as size, consider color harmony. For instance, hot pink will probably not complement a hunter green mug.

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    Paint your design onto the mug’s surface using your craft paintbrush. Allow layers to dry before applying more colors. Clean your brush between colors to ensure you don’t accidentally mix shades and blend.

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    Place your finished mug in a cool oven and set the oven to 300 degrees. Do not warm the oven before placing your mug inside. Doing so can cause the glass to heat up too quickly, which can cause the mug to crack or shatter.

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    Allow the mug to bake for 30 minutes.

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    Turn the oven off after the mug has baked for 30 minutes. Allow the mug to cool down with the oven, as taking it out can cause it to cool too quickly.

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    Remove the mug from the oven and enjoy.

Mar

12

The Ceramic top table design ideas

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Ceramic top table design ideas

Interior design ideas, Ceramic top table design ideas

 

Mar

12

Unique ceramic ceiling light ideas

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unique ceramic lamp design ideas