Modern and Contemporary Porcelain from China and Japan
Approximately a hundred centuries ago, as our ancestors threw clay into the flames, pottery was born – it marked that humans entered the Neolithic Age.
This art of flame and earth exists widely in human civilizations, from Mesopotamia to Egypt, from Etruria to Rome. Meanwhile, in the Far East, someone has discovered the real secret between the two.
In the 3rd century AD, as a craftsman carefully put glazed objects into the kiln, the metal elements in the glaze were fired by a fierce flame, and finally formed a transparent hard shell on the surface, as beautiful as the lustrous jade.
The first porcelain in history was born in this way.
The beauty of porcelain is so fascinating that it spreads all over the world along trade routes. Countless nobles, monarchs, and even emperors were eager to lay their hands on them. However, for thousands of years, the secret of porcelain had been kept by this mysterious country in the East, just like the most loyal followers of Tantric Buddhism.
People even call it by the name of the country – china.
Further east to this Far East country, in the land of the sunrise, people were trying to unravel its mystery as well. In Japan, with the influence of Zen and its unique aesthetics, porcelain assumed a completely different form entering people’s lives.
Today, the secret of porcelain has been known to the world. This material is still showing its great vitality. Countless craftsmen rely on it to carry out their aesthetic beliefs; people become believers of the flame and earth, one after another.
Just like our ancestors did.