Ceramics is the art of making objects from clay or baked clay. The first objects made of pottery date back to the Neolithic period and are containers for storing liquids and agricultural products, as well as, idols and figurines of religious and ceremonial character.
Ceramics are very useful as a means of dating in archaeological studies. The oldest pieces are either undecorated or decorated with very simple geometric motifs. It is the Egyptians, Greeks and Romans who produce pieces with a very diverse typology adapted to the use and with decorative motifs of great beauty. The evolution in style and ornamentation occurs as a response to the social, cultural and economic demands of different cultures and historical periods. One of the cultures with the greatest ceramic tradition and richness is China. The Chinese millenary culture is the origin of porcelain, probably during the Han dynasty (206 B.C. to 220 A.D.). Porcelain pieces were highly desired in Europe and they tried for a long time to get the formula for its manufacture. It was not until the beginning of the 18th century that they succeeded in making real porcelain pieces. The first European porcelain factory was in Meissen and later factories sprang up in other European cities.
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