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From Xing to Ding : Advances in Northern Porcelain Technology

North China’s premier porcelains were made at the Xing and Ding kiln complexes respectively. The world’s first true porcelains were developed by potters at the Xing kilns in the late 6th to early 7th centuries, and flourished there through the Tang Dynasty (618–907), achieving a material quality unmatched in the West until the early 18th C. However, in the later Tang Dynasty an entirely new porcelain enterprise was established in Quayang county some 100 miles to the north of the Xing ware kilns. These new porcelains are known today as Ding wares. Despite much research in China and the West debate continues regarding how both Xing and Ding wares came into being, how their practical production was managed. and the true connections that existed between the two traditions.

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  • Nigel Wood
    Nigel Wood

    Professor Wood is an Honorary Research Associate in the School of Archaeology, Oxford University, and an Emeritus Professor to the University of Westminster. He has been active in the study of East Asian ceramics, glass and cast bronze for many decades, with a particular interest in how the geological history of East Asia influenced the development of its ceramic and bronze production. Dr Wood came to this area of study as an experienced maker of stoneware and porcelain – a background that has proved useful in exploring the practical production of Medieval Chinese and Korean ceramics. His two major books to date have been Chinese Glazes (1999) and Joseph Needham : Science and Civilisation in China, Volume 5 Chemistry and Chemical Technology : Part 12 – Ceramic Technology (CUP 2004), co-written with Rose Kerr.’

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