Porcelain Making in Pictures

Porcelain making in China - from quarrying Kaolin clay to the delivery of finished porcelain products

If you think that the production of porcelain was done in small localized (factory type) enterprises, think again. The manual labor required to quarry and transport the Kaolin clay down to the final touches on the finished porcelain items required considerable numbers of people. To fill the huge orders often a whole kiln system (a main kiln and a number of local kilns in the vicinity) would be kept very busy.

In the early 19th century a painter recorded all the essential steps of porcelain making in a series of paintings.
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This gallery is an excellent series of old paintings illustrating the whole manufacturing process of export porcelain, beginning with the mining of Kaolin in the mountains, making the slip, firing and painting of the porcelain decoration, down to the transport and final delivery of the finished products at the port of Canton (Guangzhou).

Chinese Porcelain Making in Pictures
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