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Teawares — Arita ware

Teacup Before and After

Arita ware

Porcelain goes into kiln at least twice. In the beginning. it is baked at 900°C while the temperature in the second baking is increased to about 1300°C. If a product needs over-glazing, it will be treated in kiln for the third time at the temperature of 800°C. This Arita porcelain on the right went to kiln once while one on the left was baked twice. As an item can shrink about 20% after baking, craftsmen have to shape the item taking into account shrinking ratio. When a glass component in the shaped item melts under high temperature, gaps between clay particles are...

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Arita ware, the first porcelain produced in Japan

Arita ware

Antique Arita ware or Imari ware are often seen at museums outside of Japan. The export of Arita ware started in 1960. These gorgeous but delicate designs influenced some European porcelain manufactories such as Meissen in Germany and Chantilly in France. Japan National Tourism Organisation describes about Arita ware's characteristics as follows. "Arita ware has many fine characteristics; it is thin, light, its feel almost like that of glass, yet solid. It is also durable and does not absorb water, making it therefore suited for tableware.  Its indigo, blue, red, yellow and gold color are quite vivid. Gorgeous and elaborate designs may...

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