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Dec

27

Ceramic Christmas Tree Collection – 3 Trees

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Ceramic-Christmas-Tree-Collection-3-Trees

Old Fashioned Ceramic Christmas Trees with detailed, colorful holly bases and over 50 colorful lights each to shine for your holidays! Entirely handcrafted from start to finish in the USA. These classic lighted ceramic trees are high quality, brand new trees made from a vintage molds, Your trees are made to order and no two trees we make are exactly alike.

These beautiful 11″, 16″ and 19″ highly detailed trees are brush glazed in a perfect evergreen color with a glossy finish; the matching bases are adorned with perfectly detailed holly leaves. There are two separate pieces for each tree – the trees ares placed on the bases easily. Read more »

Feb

12

Ru ware

By Ceramic Design



Like Ding ware, Ru (Wade-Giles: ju) was produced in North China for imperial use. The Ru kilns were near the Northern Song capital at Kaifeng. In similar fashion to Longquan celadons, Ru pieces have small amounts of iron in their glaze that oxidize and turn greenish when fired in a reducing atmosphere. Ru wares range in colour—from nearly white to a deep robin’s egg—and often are covered with reddish-brown crackles. The crackles, or “crazing,” are caused when the glaze cools and contracts faster than the body, thus having to stretch and ultimately to split, (as seen in the detail at right; see also ). The art historian James Watt comments that the Song dynasty was the first period that viewed crazing as a merit rather than a defect. Moreover, as time went on, the bodies got thinner and thinner, while glazes got thicker, until by the end of the Southern Song the ‘green-glaze’ was thicker than the body, making it extremely ‘fleshy’ rather than ‘bony,’ to use the traditional analogy (see section on Guan ware, below). Too, the glaze tends to drip and pool slightly, leaving it thinner at the top, where the clay peeps through.

As with Ding ware, the Song imperial court lost access to the Ru kilns after it fled Kaifeng when the Jin invaded, and settled at Lin’an in Hangzhou, towards the south. There the Emperor Gaozong founded the Guan yao (‘official kilns’) right outside the new capital in order to produce imitations of Ru ware. However, posterity has remembered Ru ware as something unmatched by later attempts; Master Gao says, “Compared with Guan yao, the above were of finer substance and more brilliant luster.”

Dec

31

Ancient ceramics in Palace Museum destroyed

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A piece of ancient Chinese ceramics in the Beijing Palace Museum, known as Ge Ware, has been destroyed due to improper handling. Academics were inspecting the pieces when the accident occurred. The Palace Museum’s inspection of the ancient ceramics has now been suspended.

Ge Ware originated in the Song Dynasty, about 800 years ago. Ge Ware represents one of the pinnacles of Chinese porcelain. Only a few hundred pieces remain, all of them priceless. Ge Ware is renowned for the high skill needed to create their distinctive crackling pattern.

Ge Ware destroyed due to improper handling.

Dec

31

Jingdezhen Int’l Ceramics Fair charms visitors

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China Jingdezhen Int’l Ceramics Fair 2011 has opened in the porcelain harbor of Jingdezhen, in the Eastern China’s Jiangxi province.

China Jingdezhen Int’l Ceramics Fair 2011 has opened in the porcelain harbor of Jingdezhen, in the Eastern China’s Jiangxi province.

Jun

9

Ceramic Money Box – Fish

By Ceramic Design



How do you locate a truly unique and original gift? Ceramic Money Box – Fish

Simple. Get one of our hand-made money boxes – you can have a name added to make it unique for your child or friend. A great way to teach people to save money!

Images of our Whale Money Boxes are shown below, but don’t forget – we make money boxes in ALL SORTS of animal styles.

May

30

Ceramic Floor Design Ideas

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  • Ceramic tile comes in four main forms: glazed ceramic, porcelain, quarry and terra-cotta. Glazed ceramic tiles are coated in hard, glassy glazes that you can tint with any color. It’s often used in mosaic patterns and easily showcases regional decorative styles. Porcelain ceramic tile is fired at higher temperatures than all other ceramic, making it more durable and resistant to scratches and breakage. Quarry ceramic tile is simply made of unglazed ceramic and has the look of stone. Terra-cotta ceramic tile is also unglazed and thus retains the color of the clay. It’s very porous, so make sure to seal it.

Mosaic

  • One of the most traditional mosaic floor designs is the checkerboard look, achieved by laying two colors in an alternating pattern across the floor. White tile partnered with another pale color tile is a refreshing twist on the classic black and white pattern. Glazed or porcelain ceramic works best in mosaic design, because the glaze provides any color possibility. Tiles also come in a myriad of geometric shapes, so conceivably, you can lay floor tile in the same pattern as a quilt or oriental rug pattern, for example. A professional tile artist can reproduce or create an original geometric pattern or even set a painting-like picture onto the floor by shaping each individual tile. Mosaic design also includes randomly placed color tiles, as if the colors are scattered as they’re laid, punctuated by a surprise element, like a few individual hand-painted tiles.

Shape

  • Design by shape works well with all ceramic tile types, but is especially effecting with terra-cotta or quarry tiles. Since these tiles are unsealed, they come in the color of the clay they’re made from. Several shades are available, including red, yellow, gray and orange. These tiles are manufactured in a variety of shapes, and you can lay them into practically any pattern. Squares, rectangles, hexagons, triangles, all of various sizes are used. Putting small tiles of one shape together to create a different large shape is a very effective design strategy. One such idea is to lay four interlocking rectangles into the shape of a square, and place a small square in the middle. On a staircase, interlocking tile triangles on the face of the stair in a dark color with a light-colored grout can really emphasize the design.

Single Tone

  • Porcelain, the most durable of all ceramic tiles, is used more often in flooring than any other tile. It’s often sold in large pieces, which makes it a good option for single-tone floors. Large white porcelain tiles with white or gray grout is a very clean single-tone look. You can also manufacture porcelain to look like marble for those who want that expensive look at a ceramic price. Smaller, rectangular porcelain tiles of a single striking color—like electric blue—running lengthwise down a hallway is an unexpected way to use color. The shape and direction of the tile also leads the eye through the space.

 

May

5

How to Paint Ceramic Tile

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You can transform a kitchen or bathroom if you paint the ceramic tile. If the ceramic tile is old and dingy or just a color that you don’t like, you can get a fresh look with a careful covering of paint.Cautions Before You Paint Ceramic Tile

  • Do not paint a ceramic tile floor unless the main area of traffic is covered by a decorative rug. Shoes and dirt will cause the paint to scratch and wear off.
  • Do not paint ceramic tile in a shower or near a bathtub. The constant moisture will cause the paint to peel off.
  • To preserve the painted tile finish, you will always need to use a cutting board on a countertop.
  • Never place hot pans on a painted ceramic tile counter. The heat will cause the painted finish to bubble and peel.
  • The surface of your painted ceramic tile will be only as good as the base you paint over. If the grout is broken or cracked, repair it at least 48 hours ahead of the painting day. If the tile is cracked or gouged, fill the imperfections.
  • It will take about 2 weeks for the paint to thoroughly dry and cure. You must be patient so that the surface will last.
  • If you don’t do proper preparations, you will not be happy with the finished product. Take the time to clean, sand, dust, dry, and paint very carefully.

Tips for Painting Ceramic Tile

  • Since the paint could eventually wear or scratch off, painting ceramic tile should be reserved for vertical surfaces or countertops.
  • Select a top-quality 100% acrylic semi-gloss primer and paint. You’ll be spending several days on this project so you should use the best materials available.
  • You can choose any color you want and custom-match the paint to other decorative elements in your home.
  • When painting ceramic tile, the primer and paint should be slightly thin and you should apply several thin layers rather than one thick layer of paint. Use a brush to cut in the edges and roll the surface with a lint-free low-nap roller.
  • For a more realistic look, use a small artist brush to paint narrow contrasting grout lines after the final coat has dried thoroughly. This will require a lot of patience but the results will be amazing. You can use a straight edge to follow the grout lines.

Equipment for Painting Ceramic Tile

  • Top-quality tinted acrylic paint primer
  • Top-quality acrylic semi-gloss interior paint
  • Top quality urethane
  • Heavy-duty rubber gloves
  • TSP or other heavy-duty cleaner
  • Scrubber
  • Sponge
  • Painter’s tape
  • Very fine grit (220-grit) sandpaper, electric sander optional
  • A cloth to clean up paint drips
  • Lots of clean water
  • Rags
  • A paint brush to cut-in around edges
  • A high-quality, lint-free, low nap paint roller
  • An artist brush to paint the grout lines

 

Apr

15

Ceramics / pottery designer

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Pottery/Ceramics Designers (Ceramicists) combine creative, practical and technical skills in the design and production of original items such as plates, ornaments, pots and sculptures made by shaping, moulding and firing clay and other materials.

Ceramics designers and potters use a range of techniques and their creativity to make domestic (table and chinaware), decorative (ornaments and sculptures) or industrial (pipes, fittings, tiles) products from clay. Typical activities include:

  • generating original ideas;
  • producing sketches and sample designs;
  • preparing clay and other materials for use;
  • using kilns, a potter’s wheel and/or moulds to produce items;
  • using a variety of techniques to create finished products;
  • investigating and choosing appropriate production processes and materials (stoneware, earthenware, porcelain etc);
  • maintaining awareness of current design trends, fashion and influences;
  • liaising with suppliers, galleries, store buyers, clients etc;
  • undertaking market research, marketing and business development activities;
  • managing budgets and accounts;
  • running workshops/teaching classes;
  • giving demonstrations;
  • producing photographs, catalogues and/or design portfolios;
  • attending/displaying work at exhibitions and craft fairs;
  • selling products directly via galleries, craft shops, studios, the internet etc.

Most ceramicists are self-employed/freelance or work for large ceramics/pottery companies (including Denby, Wedgewood and Royal Doulton). For experienced designers, opportunities also arise with large retail chains (such as Ikea and Habitat), although such vacancies attract strong competition. Jobs are advertised via the Internet, in local and national newspapers and trade publications including Design Week, Ceramic Review and Design Nation. Speculative applications are worthwhile, for which it is essential to produce a sound portfolio of design work to demonstrate creative/practical skills.

Dec

1

Complete Collection of Ceramic Art Unearthed in China

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Language:     Chinese and English bilingual
Author:           Zhang Bai   
Pub. Date:      2008
Format:           Special;  215*290mm;   240 pages with color photos
Subject:          Collection     

【Introduction】

   1. Tianjin Area
Tianjin is located in the northeastern corner of Huabei Plain. Bound on the north by the Yan mountains, on the east by the Bohai Sea, crossed by the Daqing and Ziya rivers, the Northern and Southern canals, Hai and Jiyun rivers, Tianjin from antiquity served as a major crossroads for sea and river commerce.
Ming and Qing period porcelains from the Tianjin area are quite spectacular. Types include vases, jars, handled ewers, bowls, and various dishes. Bodies are made usually out of refined clay and tend to be delicately thin. Porcelain types include those with underglaze blue or red designs, and those with black, white, soy-brown, bluish-white (qingbai), or black-and-white colored glazes. Techniques of creating ornament are various. Themes featured on blue-and-white colored wares include primarily plantains, stylized grasses and leaves, cloud scrolls, floral scrolls, lotus petals, hollowed rocks, and coiled dragon motifs. On the undersides of circular feet of vessels one frequently sees the mark of studio names, known in Chinese as “tang kuan.”2. Liaoning Area
Based on current archaeological data, the majority of Liaoning ceramics derive from tombs. The earliest finds include a six loop-lug greenware jar from the tomb of Han Ji at Chaoyang, dated to 612 of the Sui dynasty (the 8th year of Daye). During the Tang, Chaoyang (the then Luicheng city) was the administrative capital of Yingzhou commandery; it was the country’s northeastern stronghold, thus the area has a significant number of Sui and Tang tombs. The most commonly witnessed vessel type is the multiple loop-lug jar, a hallmark of northern greenwares.3. Jilin Area
Jilin is located on China’s northern frontier, far away from the well-known porcelain manufacturing centers of the Central Plains and Yangtze River valley. Ceramics came late to Jilin. Archaeology works have recently been very active in Jilin. A remarkably large group of finds derive from Ming tombs in Fuyu county. Porcelain types vary from famille rose, wucai (five colors), blue-and-white, to white. Themes vary from flowers and grasses, birds and insects, floral scrolls, to inscriptions. Vessel types include bowls, dishes, stem cups, and yuhuchun vases. Ceramic figurines of dogs, rams, and human heads have also been excavated from the Tahu city site of Liao and Jin period date.4. Heilongjiang Area
Heiliongjiang, located on the northeasternmost edge of China, is one area that has not yet revealed evidence of an ancient kiln site. The earliest ceramic remains currently known come from the Bohai period (contemporaneous with Tang dynasty) Longquan prefecture (the Shangjiang or Superior Capital) in today’s Ning’an city. A total of ten porcelains have been unearthed from the residential area in the western part od the city; No.1 Buddhist Temple in the eastern part; administrative office in the eastern part of the palace area; and royal residence in the western part of the palace area. Nine of these are white-galzed bowls, and only one of which can be restored and may be characterized as having a lipped mouth, inwardly sloping belly, a jade disk-shaped base. Another is a black-glazed jar with damaged mouth, straight belly walls, and a flat base, similar bowls and jars have been discovered in Tang tombs of the Central Plains, suggesting that these vessels were manufactured there.

【Main Contents】

1. Greenware (qingci or qingyouci) bowl
2. Greenware jar with four loop-lugs
3. Greenware vase with two lugs
4. Greenware ewer
5. White-glazed bowl
6. Greenware dish with carved chrydanthemum design, Yaozhou ware, Shaanxi
7. White-glazed dish in lobed shape, attr. Ding ware, Hebei
8. White-glazed dishes in lobed shape, attr. Dingware, Hebei
9. White-glazed foliate dish
10. White-glazed dish of lobed form
11. Pair of white-glazed square dishes with moulded peony design
12. White-glazed jar in pagoda shape
13. White-glazed spittoon
14. Jun-glazed bowl with purple splashes
15. White-glazed spittoon
16. White figure of Guangyin with red-and-green enamels
17. Soy-brown glazed bowl
18. Celadon sugarcane-sectioned washer (zheduanxi), Longquan ware, Zhejiang
19. Celadon tripod incense burner (sanzuzun), Longquan ware, Zhejiang
20. Longquan celadon lampstand
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221. Wucai bowl with peach and flower design on both sides, attr. Jingdezhen ware, Jiangxi
222. Wucai bowl with design of two lions playing with an embroidered ball on both sides, attr. Jingdezhen ware, Jiangxi
223. Wucai dish with four blossoms outside, lingzhi immortal fungus and a mark “shou (longevity)” inside, attr.        Jingdezhen ware, Jiangxi
224. Wucai bowl with double lions and a ball inside and two qilin and two horses outside, a mark “fugui jiaqi (fine vessel        for the wealthy and noble)”
225. Doucai (joined colors) censer with dragon design, attr. Jingdezhen ware, Jiangxi
226. Bule-and-white stem up with design of four sea creatures in waves, Chenghua mark
227. Wucai ewer with chicken head spout and mouse handle, attr. Jingdezhen ware, Jiangxi
228. Peacock-blue glazed square saucer
229. Celadon bowl with impressed story scenes about Confucius, Han Xin, Li Bai and Zhenzi, Longquan ware, Zhejiang
230. Longquan celadon foliate dish with incised design
231. Longquan celadon foliate dish with incised design
232. Peacock-blue glazed dish with incised design
233. Blue-and-white cup with a blue mark inside and two auspicious animals outside, attr. Jingdezhen ware, Jiangxi
234. Meiping with aubergine-purple (qiepizi) glaze and white plum design
235. Blue-and-white dish with dragon and sea waves inside and two groups of plant designs outside
236. Blue-and-white dish with orchid inside, two groups of plant designs outside, and a symbol mark in the base, attr.        Jingdezhen ware, Jiangxi
237. Wucai dish with fish and waterweed design, a symbol mark in the base, attr. Jingdezhen ware, Jiangxi
238. Bowl with tiger-fur sancai glaze and a square symbol mark in the base, attr. Jingdezhen ware, Jiangxi
239. Blue-and-white bowl with boating design associated with the Red Cliff by Su Dongpo, a mark “Taosheng xuan li        (Made by the Taosheng Studio)” in the base, attr. Jingdezhen ware, Jiangxi
240. Bowl with painting of fish in the centre and on side, a mark “Fenglai xuanzhi (Made by the Fenglai Studio)” in the        base, attr. Jingdezhen ware, Jiangxi

Oct

26

How to Install Ceramic Wall Tiles

By Ceramic Design



Installing ceramic wall tile can sound like a big job if you’ve never done it before, but it’s really not that difficult once you start following directions on how to do it. Maybe you want to retile your bathroom, kitchen, counter top, backsplash or shower. In any case, installing ceramic wall tiles can give the room a whole new look and feel. Here’s how to install ceramic wall tile:

  1. Mark lines on the wall.To start installing ceramic wall tile, first you need to find the center of the wall and ‘dry fit’ your tiles to see if the pattern ends similarly on the edges. Use a pencil to mark vertical and horizontal lines where appropriate. You want the tile size to be consistent as they approach each end point.
  2. Apply the adhesive.Apply the tile adhesive to the wall with the notched trowel, starting in the middle of the wall. Set the tiles into the adhesive and place the spacers in-between each tile as you go. Be sure to give each tile a little twist to ensure a good bond with the adhesive. Cut the tiles as needed to fit on the ends. You can also use sandpaper to smooth out the tile edges if they are sharp after you cut them.
  3. Let it dry.Let the tiles set in the adhesive overnight.
  4. Mix the grout.Remove the tile spacers and mix the grout according to the manufacturer’s directions.
  5. Apply the grout.Using the rubber float, apply the grout at a 45 degree angle. Wipe off excess grout with a wet sponge.
  6. Wipe clean as needed.After about an hour, check for grout haze on the tiles and wipe them clean as needed.
  7. Seal edges with caulk.Seal the edges with caulk (be sure to use a mildew resistant caulk if the tile is in an area where it will get wet).
  8. See the Resources listed below for more tiling ideas.