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Red Pottery Pot

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Red Pottery Pot

Cishan Culture (ca. 6000-5600 BCE), Neolithic Era (ca. 10000- ca. 2000 BCE)

A yu is a vessel for serving grain or soup. Because the sand-tempered red ceramic provides increased heat resistance, this red yu was probably a cooking vessel. The Cishan culture is named after the village of Cishan, in Wu’an county, Hebei province, where the first finds of this type were made in 1972. It dates to the Northern China Middle Neolithic, 6000-5600 BC.



How to Lay Ceramic Tile

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Before you can begin installing ceramic tile flooring, laying out the pattern is critical. Although a wide range of patterns can be achieved, these instructions will help you lay a simple square grid pattern with your ceramic tile. Once you have your pattern layout, you can proceed to installing the tiles.

  1. Prepare the subfloor before laying ceramic tile by installing ceramic tile backboards over plywood or patching a cement foundation to create a level surface.
  2. Start the pattern you will use to lay ceramic tile at the entrance of the main door to the room.
  3. Snap a chalk line perpendicular to the entrance to use as a guideline to lay your first row of ceramic tile. Make sure the line is at a 90 degree angle by using a square and extend the line from the main door to the opposite wall.
  4. Lay your first row of ceramic tile along the chalk line. Use spacers between each tile to ensure that they are equally spaced.
  5. Install a temporary board at the end of the row when you can no longer lay a full tile.
  6. Put down ceramic tiles along the board perpendicular to the first row.
  7. Measure the spaces at either end of this row to determine how much you need to move the center row to achieve an equal border on all walls.
  8. Snap a new chalk line to mark the line where you will begin installing your ceramic tile.



A Jingdezhen Potter

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Wang Yansheng, a 72-year-old potter, makes biscuit at a workshop in Jingdezhen, east China’s Jiangxi Province, March 22, 2006. Biscuit making is the first main phase of Chinese traditional ceramic making. Jingdezhen, with a history of 1,002 years, is famous for making ceramics for emperors and royal families in ancient China.