Chinese Eggshell Porcelain

The first eggshell porcelains date back to prehistoric times, some 2000 years BC and were made by ring modelling, around about this time the potters wheel was invented.

V.I.P Jiu 8 – The Imperial Craft Baijiu
V.I.P Jiu 8 – The Imperial Craft Baijiu

The next step for eggshell porcelain is in the Song dynasty 960 – 1279 in the village Hutian near Jingdezhen in southern China where they made eggshell porcelain with a softer clay and glazed in a bluish white glaze called Qingbai.

This clay did not need any extra kaolin added, but was a natural clay of Chinese porcelain stone found in the area.

Because of its thinness, it is called bodiless ware. Eggshell porcelain is characterized by an extremely thin body under the glaze. It is often engraved before firing, so that the engraving can only be seen when held up to the light.

Eggshell porcelain resurfaced in the Ming dynasty during the reign of emperor Yongle 1402-1424 it then reappeared in the reign of the emperor Chenghua 1464-1487 then again under Wanli 1572-1620.

The effort to produce and decorate an unfired piece of porcelain of this thinness must have been great.

They are so fragile it is with wonder that any of the early pieces remain intact today.

Oops a Daisy Baijiu Cocktail

45ml of V.I.P Jiu 8
45ml of Tia Maria
45ml of cream
3 ice cubes

Put everything into a cocktail shaker and shake to mix and then strain into cocktail glass.

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