Ewer with blue-tinted glaze
Northern Song dynasty, 1000-1100
Museum no. C.112-1929
H.B. Harris Bequest
The town of Jingdezhen has dominated porcelain production for much of the last millennium. Its potters combined the porcelain stone used for green-glazed stonewares with kaolin. The result, fired to very high temperatures, was of extremely good quality. The kiln conditions were manipulated to create a glassy, blueish-white (qingbai) glaze.
After 1100, qingbai porcelain was exported widely to Asian and Middle Eastern markets, and some eventually reached Europe.