Chinese Ceramics and their Global Influence
As early as the 17th century, Chinese and Japanese porcelain creations were imported into Europe and sparked an incredible exchange of shapes, art, and design that is unparalleled in world history. Nuances asian designs like the teapot were introduced to Europe as Chinese potters took new inspiration from European wooden, metal, and glass shapes. The languages of art were starkly different between the two places as European artists copied the flowery, mythical tales that Chinese pottery told.
Soon after, Johann Friedrich Bottger, a German alchemist, was able to create hard paste porcelain and introduce the new art form to the Europeans. The Meissan Porcelain factory was founded and Germans were able to create ceramics of their own, drawing inspiration from the asian potters that have had years to master the skill. This exchange of ideas and art forms between Eastern culture and the Europeans was not one sided, as both cultures gained valuable insight into new ways of thinking and creating.
Now German china(porcelain cermaics) can even be mistaken for ancient Chinese pottery. Their technique and design was so valued in Germany and Europe that they were able to master the art form.