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Types of pottery


Pottery making in various parts of the world has seen an improvisation. What existed as a simple form of utility item grew to the needs of gifting, royal arte craft and also facilitated commerce. Various trends were seen which was brought in by many craftsmen in different parts of the world. Porcelain pottery is primarily divided into three various forms. This is broadly termed as Bone china, hard paste porcelain and soft paste porcelain.


The Chinese porcelain as compared to the European concept is less vitrified. The hard paste porcelain allows light to pass through the ware and soft paste porcelain has a granular surface. Bone china is famous for its delicate nature and the ivory white color is appealing. The common use is seen in crockery especially as tea sets. Agate or marble surface is mixed with various kinds of pottery to form marbled pottery. This is been found in China and Rome right from 1st century onwards.


Brown and red color is the significant form of earthenware. This is a very famous piece of pottery concept usually retained in the non glazed state as it used to have a great utility benefit in kitchen ware. Cream ware is a type of lead glaze that renders a cream color to the earthenware. An interesting glaze can be seen imitating a cauliflower with a green and yellow color known as Cauliflower ware.


The Jaipur blue pottery is an amazing skill developed by rural artisans which has a patronage world wide. Bowls, kitchen items, decorative items and gifts are some of the forms of blue pottery. More forms of pottery can be classified with the brown tinge akin to the tortoise shell got from oxides which is termed as tortoise shell pottery. There are international interpretations of pottery from Native American pottery making, Chinese skills and authentic art in Indian rural scene.


Urns, huge flower vases, ceramic bowls, kitchen items and decorative pieces are found in branded pottery ware. One can actually witness the change in pottery art which was initially created as a necessity for living and now commercialized under international brands.

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