The History of Ceramics and its Making
The art of ceramics/china requires alot of patience and years of experience to became a master. It enables one to get acquainted with himself again and again and to share the secrects of his life with clay along with lines, colors and designs.
China is a handcraft based on the shaping of clay into various objects such as plates, bowls and pitchers etc and firing them. Once they are fired they are decorated by the use of traditional motives and designs and glazed to be refired.
Unlike the production of normal ceramics the traditional turkish ceramics (cini) utalizes the technique of underglaze application of motives and designs on a very differant pre-fired base.
The Turks manufactured china in Central Asia. The broken pieces of chinaware found during the excavations in Kashan, Turfan, Ashkar, Kocha regions in Central Asia clearly shows that the Turks performed the art of ceramics and tile manufacture back during the 8th Century and earlier.
Until the 18th Century the name “Kashi” was used for the ceramics used in architecture and the objects such as plates, vases, bowls, were called “Evani”. However, because of the famous porcelain ware imported from China at the time, the Turkish product “kashi” started to be named as “china” in order to show its quality.