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Published Saturday, September 22, 18 | By PaulvHill

Contributed by Ronna Fleischman

Ceramics have been ranked as an esteemed art form in China for over 4000 years. In terms of sheer production, technical innovation, and global impact, its magnitude is brilliant and unsurpassed.  Artisans have long been revered as masters of this ancient tradition. The first ceramics produced in China date back to the  (6000-1000 BC). Forms were basic and utilitarian, a role that has remained for pottery throughout history. However, fanciful and intricate designs were created and used as ritual vessels in some cultures located along the Yangtze and Yellow river valleys. In the late Neolithic period, the potter’s wheel was invented, facilitating the production of more uniform pottery. During the Bronze Age (1766-221 BC), which encompassed the Shang and Chou dynasties, expensive metal vessels were imitated in clay. Used primarily for burials, the ceramics of this era nonetheless reflected a high level of artistic design and variety. By the late Chou era, molds and stamped decorations led to mass production and assembly line standardization. Read More 

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