On Friday, August 8th the Olympic Games in Beijing China will be opened.
May be C is for China will be the selected letter for many participants in ABC Wednesday this week. To find out if that is correct, please visit the page hosting our contribution.
The Norwegian Participants during the Beijing 2008 Games, can found in Wikipedia and counts 85 persons.
I choose a little different variant of the C / China this week.
C is for Chinaware
China-ware, Bone-China, Porcelain or Chinese Ceramics has developed in the form of a fine art ever since the rule of the dynasties. Some experts believe the first true porcelain was made in the province of Zhejiang during the Eastern Han period (1260-1300).
China-ware or Ceramics are generally grouped into three main categories: earthenware, stoneware and ceramics. In China they are grouped under 2 broad headings:
China-ware can also be divided into northern and southern China-ware. The geographical differences between the north and the south lead to the availability of different kinds of raw materials. Thus the main difference between the China-ware of the north and the south is that in composition. In the western countries porcelain is distinguished from other materials by virtue of its translucency, while in China any opaque piece of ware, which rings with a clear note when struck with something is identified as porcelain.
When living in Singapore we had our preferred "Pottery", and could find some really special pieces (not to be compared with Ming porcelain)
The term “Pottery” is an all-encompassing term that is generally used to mean all the products that the potter produces by using his art.