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Things You Need to Know about Ceramics

Aug 17, 2007
Ceramics are some things which are look so elegant, no matter what color they have, they always have a place in any parts of our home. In this article we will learn about ceramics.

For more than twenty years I have been an avid and fascinated collector of ceramics. Always on the lookout for new additions to my collection, I combed the antique shops, farmhouses and auctions in small communities. Occasionally I was rewarded with a beautiful piece of bisque, a cup and saucer of Irish Baleek or perhaps a beautifully executed piece of jasper. I collected no particular period and no particular style of ware. My only rule was that the piece should be beautiful to see and crafted of excellent workmanship. A Delft windmill, a Minton moustache cup or a pitcher of Spode or Wedgwood these to me were things of beauty and worthy of a place in my collection. It might be the glaze, the line, or the feeling that a particular piece gave me in order to merit space in my rapidly growing collection of treasures.

From this association grew the desire to create something in ceramics. Something of beauty from my own hands. I learned within a comparatively short time that anyone can make beautiful and lasting ceramic pieces with a bare minimum of tools and equipment, that manufacturers today have taken the chance out of ceramics and that many delightful and useful things can be made in the home at a fraction of their cost. I have established a studio, created my own potter's mark (see cut) and make new ceramic pieces in every spare moment. I have found a new world. If you haven't made a ceramic item yet, then I envy you your first thrill when you hold in your hand your first piece still warm from the kiln.

Ceramics through the Ages
The history of ceramics is a fascinating adventure into ancient cultures and into the ways in which the techniques of this art underwent refinement.

Delia Robbia medallion, portraying Prudence, is enameled terra cotta made in Florence around 1455.

CERAMICS may be defined as the molding of clay or earth bodies into various plastic shapes and then using intense heat to give them permanency. It is probably the oldest of all crafts, since nothing more is needed to fashion a crude earthenware vessel than natural clay, warm sun and two hands.

Ceramic is something which is so unique. It is something which people are still more appreciates even after it went through ages.
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Mitch Johnson is a regular writer for http://www.curtains-n-drapes.com/ , http://www.ceramicsforme.info/ , http://www.goodbudgetholiday.info/
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