Crafts of Glaze

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Tang Sancai

The invention of color glaze firing marked a milestone for ceramic art. It began with the Han Dynasty’s green glaze, evolved to white and yellow glazes of the Six Dynasties, and reached its pinnacle in the Tang Dynasty with the exuberant tri-color ceramics. The tri-color basically comprises green, white and yellow, but sometimes only two colors can be found in a Sancai artwork, and sometimes blue color was added; Tang Sancai (tri-color) is a generic name. Tang Sancai is a feat of Chinese ceramic arts. The cultural prosperity of the Tang Dynasty, exchanges between the West and the East, a confident and tolerant attitude of the general public had a significant influence on the firing of Tang Sancai. Tang Sancai outweighed its counterparts of previous dynasties in its unfettered use of glaze colors and the techniques of paste-on-paste, dot patterns, engraving, tie dyeing; rotund shape; and sophisticated, realistic sculpting. Such features endowed Tang Sancai with highly artistic value and underlying connotations, which makes it loved around the world as a Chinese representative artifact.

02

Snow crystal glaze

ACERA’s “snow crystal glaze” originates from traditional two-color sagging of Tianmu color glaze of the Song Dynasty. Through independent innovation, it becomes four-color sagging crystal-patterned glaze. During the cooling process following high-temperature firing, we strictly control crystallized substances to ensure that they are in the saturated state. After cooling, the natural snowflake-like colorful crystal glaze is obtained, thus the name “snow crystal glaze”.
The crystals of “snow crystal glaze” have various shapes, just like ice flowers on windows in winter or stars in the night sky. Under the irradiation of light, they show brilliant, dreamlike glaze colors. Varied natural glaze colors displayed by multicolor sagging endow each snow crystal glaze with unique nobility.

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Spring glaze

ACERA’s “spring glaze” is produced by high-temperature firing at 1300°C with unique glaze ingredients on the basis of traditional process of pine green glaze during the reign of Emperor Qianlong of the Qing Dynasty. The glaze of the finished product has the deep green color of citrus in spring, and vaguely reflects its calmness and steadiness. What is more, the glaze symbolizes the awakening earth, tender shoots in trees and fresh air everywhere in early spring, thus the name “spring glaze”.

04

Snow glaze

ACERA’s “snow glaze” is produced by high-temperature firing at 1300°C with unique glaze ingredients on the basis of traditional Ru porcelain process of the Song Dynasty. The glaze of the finished product has the feature of “sky-blue color and jade-like surface” peculiar to Ru porcelain. What is more, it is characterized by gentle and elegant color like mutton-fat jade in the absence of light, and has the feel of smoothness like baby’s skin, and is as spotless as snow in winter, thus the name “snow glaze”.

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Sapphire glaze

ACERA’s “sapphire glaze” is a kind of technological glaze innovatively developed on the basis of Yaozhou green glaze. It presents jewel-like luster, and is featured by calmness and great momentum.

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Green glaze

ACERA’s “green glaze” is produced by high-temperature firing with unique raw material proportioning by reference to Yaozhou celadon of the Song Dynasty. It features brightness and green transparency, with traditional Chinese culture as design elements, and is combined with exquisite carving peculiar to ACERA. Together with naturally transparent LIVEN green glaze, the product presents the freshness of the nature and the healthy and green beauty which reveal its elegant artistry.

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Coral glaze

With traditional red as the dominant tone, ACERA’s “coral glaze” is produced by modern technological firing process which solves the traditional problem that red pigment decomposes during firing at 800°C, and causes impure color and warm color fading. Through high-temperature firing at 1280°C, the finished product doesn’t release lead and cadmium according to detection by relevant authorities. The glaze is beautifully-colored, pure, and as bright as rouge, showing the gorgeous and gentle color of coral, thus the name “coral glaze”.

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Gilding process

“LIVEN gold leaf gilding series”: Gold leaf gilding is a kind of traditional metal decoration process born in the pre-Qin era and is still popular in the folk nowadays. It was popular in the Eastern Zhou Dynasty and after the Han Dynasty, and was one of the most praisable ware surface decoration processes. It was called gold coating, golden coating, gold plating, etc., and has been called gold leaf gilding since the Song Dynasty.
ACERA’s gilding process adopts European gold water which is painted on the green body by hand. Through unique modern technology and strict control of firing temperature, the colors can last for a long time, and show elegance and luxury.

08

Emerald glaze

“Emerald glaze” is a kind of new glaze process innovatively developed by ACERA. It is characterized by difficulty firing, thorough transparency, crystal-clearness and unique emerald green luster.

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China red glaze

ACERA’s “China red glaze” is produced by a kind of technologically-innovative high-temperature glaze process on the basis of traditional Chinese glaze process. It is characterized by brightness, gentle texture, sense of thickness and layering, uniform color and high gloss.

08

Oil-spot glaze

Born in the Song Dynasty, “oil-spot glaze” is a traditional Chinese glaze. ACERA created a kind of new oil-spot glaze process through innovation based on oil-spot glaze and by combining the characteristics of gradient glaze. The glaze is not only like oil drops floating on water surface, but also as bright-colored as oil paintings. Oil-spot glaze has also been collected by people fond of drinking tea ever since ancient times.

08

Mannual color glaze

LIVEN color glaze series is produced by mixing high-temperature basic glaze with different proportions of high-temperature pigments. It is a kind of lead- and cadmium-free environmental-friendly pottery made by high-temperature firing after painters directly paint color glaze on the green body. The craft technique of color glaze series is quite different from that of underglaze color painting. ACERA’s painters adopt the color-using skills and ideas of ink rendering of traditional Chinese painting, and combine them with color overlapping of Western oil painting to naturally reveal the visual beauty of intermediate color. Even only a few strokes can show color gradation, and the glaze is full of sense of touch. It is really a charming work deserving careful appreciation.