10 Fascinating Facts About Ceramic Printing

Ceramic printing is a process that can be used to create unique and interesting designs on ceramic surfaces. 

There are a variety of different methods that can be used in the ceramic printing process, each with its own advantages and disadvantages. 

In this blog post, we will take a look at 10 fascinating facts about ceramic printing processes!

1. Etymology

The word “ceramics” comes from the Greek word “keramikos“, which means “potter’s clay”. 

In fact, the word “ceramic” refers to both the material and the finished product. 

2. Synonyms

Ceramic printing is also known as “china painting“, “pottery painting”, or “porcelain painting”.

The term “ceramic printing” is most commonly used in the United States, while the terms “china painting” and “pottery painting” are more common in Europe.

3. First Use

The earliest recorded use of ceramic printing was in China during the Tang Dynasty (618-905 AD).

During the Tang Dynasty, Chinese artisans used a technique called “cai hua“, which involved painting designs onto ceramic surfaces with a brush dipped in pigment.

4. To Europe

Ceramic printing became popular in Europe during the Renaissance period (14th-16th centuries), when it was used to create decorative tiles and tableware.

Ceramic printing reached its height of popularity in Europe during the Rococo period (18th century), when it was used to create lavish, decorative tableware and tiles.

5.  World Capital of Ceramics

Shaped by the pottery industry for over 300 years and affectionately known the world over as ‘The Potteries‘, Stoke-on-Trent has a rich industrial heritage, award winning museums, and over 20 pottery factory shops.

6. Dimensions 

It can be used to create three-dimensional designs by applying different colours of pigment to the front and back of the ceramic surface,  using a technique called “full colour sandstone printing”.

7. Objects

Ceramic printing is not just limited to pottery and tableware. 

Ceramic tiles, mugs, vases, other home decor items, even bicycles can also be printed using this technique.

8. Eco-Friendly

Ceramic printing is an eco-friendly printing process. 

There are no toxic inks or chemicals used in the process, the waste generated by the process can be recycled.

9. Scratch- Resistant

Ceramic printing is scratch-resistant. It is a durable printing process, with the designs being resistant to fading, chipping, and scratching. 

10. Blue & White

Ceramics use the Blue-White combination not only because of the unique, beautiful colour contrast. 

It’s actually because cobalt oxide and cobalt carbonate (the minerals used to give that particular blue) fire true to colour at high temperatures and do not change, no matter what kind of oxidation process happens during the firing. This doesn’t hold true for all minerals in a high-fire situation.

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