Ornately painted porcelain bowl. Potters of the Ming dynasty concentrated more on painted design and less on form. PHOTO BY BERKSHIRE PUBLISHING.
Porcelain was first made in China about 850 CE. The essential ingredient is kaolin, a white clay that when fired at an extremely high temperature acquires a glassy surface. Porcelain wares were first exported to Europe during the twelfth century. By 1700 trade in Chinese porcelain was immense,