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Porcelain, also called Chinese ceramics, is one of humanity's most ancient inventions. The stories behind this unique and exquisite material are fascinating, detailing how it made its way across the globe and gave the modern world the word "china". Follow the stories told by a well-known Chinese porcelain expert to learn more about these timeless masterpieces borne from the creativity of ancient China.

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Porcelain, also called Chinese ceramics, is one of humanity's most ancient inventions. The stories behind this unique and exquisite material are fascinating, detailing how it made its way across the globe and gave the modern world the word "china". Follow the stories told by a well-known Chinese porcelain expert to learn more about these timeless masterpieces borne from the creativity of ancient China.

    Episode 1: A story told from porcelain fragments

    Episode 1: A story told from porcelain fragments

    One day in June 2005, Chinese fishermen found several pieces of ancient porcelain while out working on their boat. What information was found from these porcelain fragments and why are they considered by experts to be "living fossils" that have recorded histories and stories?

    • 8 min
    Episode 2: Chinese porcelain: a history of thousands of years

    Episode 2: Chinese porcelain: a history of thousands of years

    Jingdezhen is known as China's porcelain capital because it has been producing Chinese ceramics for more than 1,000 years. How did the small town get its name and why is porcelain called 'china' across the world?

    • 17 min
    Episode 3: The story of blue and white porcelain

    Episode 3: The story of blue and white porcelain

    In Chinese pop singer Jay Chou's famous song "Blue and White Porcelain", he mistakenly suggests that the colors are a "light sky blue". In this episode, we find the truth about blue and white porcelain, as well as how it became a global obsession.

    • 10 min
    Episode 4: Kraak ware and its European influence

    Episode 4: Kraak ware and its European influence

    Kraak ware has been popular in Europe for hundreds of years. However, it was not made in Europe but in China. To find out why this chinaware has a fancy Western name and how it looks, let's travel back in time to the Netherlands in 1602.

    • 9 min
    Episode 5: Imari ware and a story lost in the mists of time

    Episode 5: Imari ware and a story lost in the mists of time

    Imari is a style of porcelain named after the Japanese port from which it was shipped to the West. At around the same period, the Chinese porcelain industry suddenly reached its peak and lost its glamorous appeal in the world market, replaced by this new Japanese porcelain.

    • 7 min
    Episode 6: The rise of European porcelain producers

    Episode 6: The rise of European porcelain producers

    Even though porcelain originated in China, only a few commercial brands were created there. Despite being 1,000 years behind, the European porcelain industry was soon developing its own porcelain brands. What happened?

    • 10 min

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