Porcelain by Nancy Smillie

love porcelain light bag

‘Beautiful white Porcelain the strongest clay there is.

There is a light and lovely feel to porcelain, I think because the colour white is not just a glaze on top of the surface but is the pure colour of this wonderful clay.

It is so pure if thin enough, allows bright light to pass right through.
Some potters like to use Porcelain for it’s colour response and not it’s translucency’

Nancy Smillie

For the technically minded 10,000 years ago the Chinese started using Kaolin
(or China Clay)

The Americans called the vessels “China” after the country it came from.

The largest deposits of China Clay in the world are to be found in Cornwall England, where they were discovered in 1746 – more than 8000 years after the Chinese.

starfish oval dish

In Europe and the UK china (clay) is known as Porcelain.

People are often confused by the names China and Porcelain but in fact they are the same thing, and made of Kaolin.

Bone China, has the addition of crushed Cow’s bones, and this gives the porcelain even more translucency.

porcelain bird jar

Nancy Smillie

Nancy studied at Glasgow School of Art specialising in Ceramics. She worked from her own studio at Saltoun Pottery for several years before opening her first shop thirty years ago in Glasgow’s Princes Square, selling unique hand thrown ceramics, beautiful jewellery, art and hand-blown glass.


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