Tricolor Pottery Ewer with a Phoenix-head Spout

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Tricolor Pottery Ewer with a Phoenix-head Spout

Tang Dynasty (618-907)

A symbol of authority and dignity, phoenix is a divine bird in ancient tales. It was a common decorative motif as well. Ewers with phoenix-head spouts proliferated in early Tang period (the early 7th century) as a common tricolor vessel type with conspicuous Persian style. It is an innovation for tricolor vessels to integrate alien culture with indigenous art.



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.

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 »



How to Make a Clay Coil Pot

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Pottery is an amazingly creative and unique way to express yourself. Making a clay coil pot is easier than you think! This article shows you how to make a clay coil a step at a time.

  • 1.First find a smooth, flat surface that you can use to make pottery on.
  • 2.Take a piece of clay or modeling clay and flatten into a circle. You can use a saucer, small plate, cup bottom, or jar lid and make a flat circle of clay — or square! This is the base of your pot.
  • 3.Take pieces of clay and roll it between both your hands making a coil. Then place the coil on the flat surface and continue rolling. Make the coil as smooth as possible.
  • 4.After you make a several coils take one coil and place it onto the flat base. Attach the coil to the base by pressing the coil into the base. Remember to attach everything from the inside of the pot — the part of the pot that isn’t facing you.
  • 5.After you have the first coil attach coils one at a time making sure to attach them from the inside of the pot. Try to smooth out the inside of the pot — if the clay becomes dry use a little water on your hands and smooth the clay out.
  • 6.Once you have attached as many coils as you want and have smoothed out the inside of the pot you can then decorate the front of the pot. Try using a nail and softly carving designs into the clay. You can also take pieces of clay, make shapes (like hearts!) and attach it to the front of the pot.
  • 7.You can then either leave your pot in a warm oven to bake the pot or leave it in the sun — both will dry the clay out and make the clay harden.
  • 8.That’s it! Now you can consider painting the pot or glazing the pot. Put your pot on display and enjoy!



Unique Clay Pottery Design Ideas

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Creating pottery is unique almost by default. Each artist’s hands are different and this subtle difference allows them to shape the clay in new and exciting ways. Clay pottery gifts are special to begin with, but they are even more special when they are handmade. You can create a variety of unique pottery projects using a few simple techniques.

  • Using Leaves

    • You can use actual leaves to create unique accents on your clay pottery pieces. Try to find some live leaves with interesting textures in them. You can then coat these leaves with a thin coat of silver clay paste. Let this dry and coat each leaf again several more times with the paste. These can then be fired with any of your low-temperature clay pots.

      You can join the leaf to the pot or dish using slip which is a mixture of clay paste and water. You can also simply press a live leaf into your clay pottery to leave behind an interesting texture. This isn’t quite as beautiful but it is much simpler.

    Unique Pinch Pots

    • Pinch pots are very easy to make and because of this you can take chances with them. You can create a pinch pot by simply pinching and forming a ball of clay into a small cup shape. You can create unique texture for this by rolling the outside of the pinch pot in various objects. For instance, you can fill a tray with a collection of small and smooth river stones. Simply roll the pot around the stones to create a unique texture. You can also roll the pinch pot around in the grass of your yard to create an interesting effect. It is best if you roll the pot while it is still very supple in your hands. Be sure to remove any debris that sticks to the pinch pot before firing.

    Face on a Mug

    • For a truly original clay pottery idea, you can sculpt a face on a mug that you have created. This will work best with a mug that has been made using the coil method. This method uses long rolled cylinders of clay that are twisted on top of each other to form pottery. The outside and inside are then smoothed.

      You can add the face by using two small lumps of clay. Score the back of the clay by rubbing with a fork and secure the lumps to the mug with a bit of slip. The upper lump will be the forehead, nose and upper mouth area. The lower lump will be formed into the lower jaw. You can create the nose by pinching up the clay. Pressing your fingers into the clay just above the nose can make eye sockets. Eyeballs can be made with small balls of clay pressed into the sockets. Be sure to score the back of the eye ball and add some slip before you secure it.



Korean pottery and porcelain

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The Three Kingdoms of Korea (57 BC-668 AD), namely Silla, Goguryeo, and Baekje, provided the beginning of Korean ceramic history. Rough domestic wares for the people were produced from numerous kilns. Likewise a number of very sophisticated statues of royal figures, guardians, and horses, equivalent to Chinese Han Dynasty figures, used for domestic and imperial votive shrines, as well as for escorts of the dead in tombs of the nobles and kings, were turned on potter’s wheels, while others were formed using the traditional hammered clay and coil method.

During the Unified Silla period (668–935) pottery was simple in colour, shape, and design. Celadon was subsequently the main production, with baekja porcelain wares developing slowly in the 14th century, when the pace accelerated with new glazes, better clays, and surprising variations of the white of different clays.

The kilns at the time had to compete with Chinese wares on a variety of social levels. The Korean ceramic masters decided to distinguish Korean baekja or white porcelain from Chinese imports by maintaining simplicity in design when the practical problems of finding pure white glazes were solved. Dating of glazes from this era has revealed a celadon or jade patina beneath white glazes.

Baekja wares came from highly refined white clay, glazed with feldspar, and fired in large carefully regulated and very clean kilns. Despite the refining process, glazes in white colours always vary as a result of the properties of the clay itself; firing methods were not uniform, temperatures varied and glazes on pieces vary from pure white, in an almost snowy thickness, through milky white that shows the clay beneath deliberately in washed glaze, to light blue and light yellow patinas.

The baekja wares reached their zenith immediately before the Joseon Dynasty came to power. Fine pieces have recently been found in the area about Wolchil Peak in the Diamond Mountains. The transitional wares of white became expressions of the Joseon Dynasty celebrations of victory in many pieces decorated with Korean calligraphy. Traditionally white wares were used by both the scholarly Confucian class, the nobility, and royalty on more formal occasions.

Simultaneously, the Buddhist traditions demanded celadon-glazed wares, and cheongja pieces of celadon porcelain with more organic shapes drawing on gourds, with animal and bird motifs that evolved very quickly. In some ways these were over-decorated wares, using exaggerated forms, stylized repeating designs, and a wide variety of organic patterns.

Cheongja wares used refined earth clays with a bit of iron powder added, then a glaze with a bit of added iron powder added once again, then fired. The glaze dried to a hard finish and was durable with a slightly shinier and glossier finish, in an oily way, than whitewares.