Why is Blue & White Porcelain So Popular?

Blue and white porcelain has been popular for centuries. 

Many people wonder why this type of pottery is so popular, and there are a few reasons for it. 

In this blog post, we will discuss the history of blue and white porcelain as well as the reasons why it is so popular today. 

History of Blue and White Porcelain

The first blue and white porcelain was made in China during the Tang Dynasty (618-960 AD). This type of pottery was then exported to other countries, such as Japan, Korea, and Vietnam, and it eventually made its way to Europe.

By the 14th century, blue and white porcelain was being produced in Europe. The earliest European examples of this type of pottery were made in Germany and Italy.

In the 18th century, blue and white porcelain became extremely popular in England. This was due to the work of Josiah Wedgwood, who is considered to be the father of English pottery. 

Wedgwood created a type of blue and white porcelain that was very similar to the Chinese style. He also developed a new type of glaze that made his pottery more resistant to breakage.

Reasons for Its Popularity

So, why is blue and white porcelain so popular? 

There are actually a few reasons for this. 

Its unique history, colour, versatility, availability, quality, cost and value all contribute to its popularity. Let’s look at these reasons in more detail.

1. The History

First, the history of Blue & White makes it popular. 

The fact that it belonged in 618 AD shows how  old and how valuable the design is. It has been around for centuries and has been exported to many different countries.

2. The Colour

Blue and white is a very popular colour scheme. The blue and white contrast creates a beautiful visual effect that many people enjoy. 

The colour blue is associated with trustworthiness, serenity and wisdom. White is the colour of purity, innocence and cleanliness. Combined, these colours create an elegant look that can be used in both formal and casual settings. 

3. The Metallic Properties

Blue and white is more famous than other colours mostly because of its metallic properties when subjected to heating. Cobalt oxide and cobalt carbonate (the minerals used to give that particular blue) react with the silica and alumina in the clay body to create a glaze. The resulting colour is a beautiful blue that has been popular for centuries. 

Also, the blue colour does not change no matter what kind of oxidation process happens during the firing. This doesn’t hold true for other minerals in a high-fire situation. For example, the copper colours when subjected to high temperature will turn green. So, in a sense, the blue and white porcelain is rather unique, due to its metallic properties.

4. The Versatility 

Blue & White porcelain is extremely versatile. It can be used for a variety of purposes such as serving food, storing objects or displayed as a work of art. 

Additionally, it is appropriate for both casual and formal occasions. 

5. The Availability 

Blue & White porcelain is widely available. 

You can find it in many stores or online. And because it is so popular, there are many different types and styles to choose from. 

6. The Quality 

Blue & White porcelain is usually high quality. 

When you buy a piece of Blue & White porcelain, you can be sure that it was made with care and attention to detail. 

7. The Quantity

Even though multi-coloured pottery existed in China, they never achieved the quantity of exports. It took longer to make each piece and the designs were not so appreciated in the West as the Blue & White. 

Therefore, Blue & White had high export demand and this led to mass production. 

8. The Cost

Blue & White porcelain is not very expensive and therefore, people buy it. When trade shifted to western dominance, many European homes could afford Blue & White china for special occasions, adding to its widespread usage.

As it can last for many years if it is properly cared for, Blue & White porcelain tends to hold its value well over time. 

9. The Value

Lastly, many people enjoy collecting blue and white porcelain because it can be quite valuable. 

Blue & White Porcelain that belonged to different dynasties and kings are worth millions and people love to decorate their  homes with these beautiful pieces. For example, a Ming Dynasty vase could be worth millions of dollars. 

So, there you have it! 

These are the reasons why blue and white porcelain is so popular. 

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