Porcelain – Pottery which is white, translucent and highly fired. True porcelain is fired at over 1300 degrees centigrade
To remember what porcelain means, use the following mnemonic:
The bear who hurt his paw was sulking (porcelain), he'd burnt it on the very hot kiln getting his pottery out.
Porcelain was invented in China and was perfected over several centuries (between 1600-1046 BCE and 618-907 CE). The later date range was when porcelain became recognisable as we know it today, with its white, translucent quality.
Porcelain is extremely difficult to make and can take years of practice and a lot of money for materials. In this project we will work with porcelain, without having to actually make it.
The project is inspired by "kintsugi", which is the Japanese art of mending broken pottery with gold or silver. This creates a beautiful effect and treats repairs as part of the history of the object, rather than something to be hidden.
You will need: an (unwanted) porcelain object, a glue gun, a gold or silver glue gun stick.
Find a porcelain object.
Wrap it in a pillowcase or bag and seal it to prevent shards coming out.
Either drop the object or hit it with a mallet to break it. You are aiming for a few large pieces, not to smash it into tiny bits!
Tip the contents of the pillowcase or bag out onto a tray and sort the piece so you can fit it back together again like a jigsaw puzzle.
Start at the base and work your way up, letting the glue dry and harden between each piece before moving onto the next.
Finally, display your beautiful unique mug!
Here's how the finished effect can look on real examples.