I always intrested in ceramic for home decor, some collection are unique and collectible. Iam so inspired by ceramic vintage collection from europe. But what exactly ceramic is?
Well, according Wikipedia, a ceramic is an inorganic, non-metallic solid prepared by the action of heat and subsequent cooling. Ceramic materials may have a crystalline or partly crystalline structure, or may be amorphous (e.g., a glass). Because most common ceramics are crystalline, the definition of ceramic is often restricted to inorganic crystalline materials, as opposed to the non-crystalline glasses.
The earliest ceramics were pottery objects made from clay, either by itself or mixed with other materials, hardened in fire. Later ceramics were glazed and fired to create a colored, smooth surface. Ceramics now include domestic, industrial and building products and art objects. In the 20th century, new ceramic materials were developed for use in advanced ceramic engineering; for example, in semiconductors.
The word ceramic comes from the Greek word "κεραμικός" (keramikos), "of pottery" or "for pottery", from "κέραμος" (keramos), "potter's clay, tile, pottery" which is said to derive from the Indo-European word *cheros (unattested), meaning heat. The earliest mention on the word "ceramic" is the Mycenaean Greek ke-ra-me-we, "workers of ceramics", written in Linear b syllabic script. Ceramic may be used as an adjective describing a material, product or process; or as a singular noun, or, more commonly, as a plural noun, ceramics.
Types of ceramic products
For convenience, ceramic products are usually divided into four sectors; these are shown below with some examples:
- Structural, including bricks, pipes, floor and roof tiles
- Refractories, such as kiln linings, gas fire radiants, steel and glass making crucibles
- Whitewares, including tableware, wall tiles, pottery products, and sanitary ware
- Technical, is also known as Engineering, Advanced, Special, and in Japan, Fine Ceramics. Such items include tiles used in the Space Shuttle program, gas burner nozzles, ballistic protection, nuclear fuel uranium oxide pellets, bio-medical implants, jet engine turbine blades, and missile nose cones. Frequently the raw materials do not include clays.
Classification of technical ceramicsTechnical ceramics can also be classified into three distinct material categories:
- Oxides: Alumina, zirconia
- Non-oxides: Carbides, borides, nitrides, silicides
- Composites: Particulate reinforced, combinations of oxides and non-oxides.
Here are some great example for Vintage Ceramic from Europe.
AldoLondi for Bittossi "Rimini Blu" Sculptures plus Rarity: Marcello Fantoni Beautiful 1950s Italian Modernist Vase
German Mid-Century Pop Art Vase Enemble /Polar/ with huge Floor Vase Duemler & Breiden 70s
Vibrant Hutschenreuther 70s Ceramic Collection
Stunning 1960s Fat Lava Vase Collection with thrilling "Horses" Floor Vase
All the ceramic collection above are selling at Ebay by German Modernist start this week. Enjoy!