Pretty Porcelain

Lovely handmade porcelain pieces arrived today from ROOST and I started thinking about how they were made, so I decided to do a little reading on porcelain and thought I would share.

Porcelain is made from kaolin, a clay formed from decomposed granite. Kaolin is a white primary clay-that is, a clay found in the earth in the place where it was formed. Porcelain is white and often translucent.

Historically, unglazed pottery has always been more common than glazed pottery. Glaze is a form of glass, consisting basically of glass-forming minerals (silica or boron) combined with stiffeners (such as clay and fluxes) and melting agents (such as lead or soda).

I find it amazing that such beautiful and delicate things can be created from the earth.

These tealight holders and more can be purchased at our online shop Neutral Dwelling.

"Pottery," Microsoft® Encarta® Encyclopedia 99. © 1993-1998 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.