Porcelain -磁器 (ci qi)

Gilbert Silva, Arabella Aragon, and Korina Garcia

1.) When and who invented it?

Porcelain wares exist dating from the Shang Dynasty (1600–1046 BC).

2.) What was the reason to invent it?

The Chinese used clay pottery vessels. Porcelain is an invention which makes a harder ceramic, believed to be the inclusion of crushed bone in the clay (hence, bone china). The hardness makes the objects more durable and also permits the vessels (plates, cup, bowls, etc.) to be much thinner. Pottery ceramics chip easily on the edges; porcelain, much less easliy.

3.) How does it work?

It is used to be a harder form of clay. It is used to reinforce cups and pottery made of clay.

4.) Any further Invention got inspired or created by this one and what's the connection?

No, there is no other invention that is clearly inspired by porcelain.

Summary Paragraph

Porcelain got into Europe by imports of Chinese porcelain and as well porcelain made in Europe. The reason why it took centuries for porcelain to reach to Europe is because of the value of porcelain was worth a lot. During the 17th century, the value of porcelain was so high, that it was worth more than gold. The reason why Europe was given much more credit for porcelain is because of how the Europe was obsessed with porcelain and even tried to make porcelain until they found out the secret of making porcelain.

The most important things we learned while doing this lesson is the origin of porcelain and how it was originally made. Porcelain was made to be harder so it becomes more durable and also thin. It is used to reinforce things like cups and pottery. Porcelain is used in modern times for example, Fine China. Fine China is considered special and is used only in special occasions.