Listed are a number of talks which we are able to deliver relating to Bow porcelains and the birth of the English porcelain industry.
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6. Hard-paste porcelain development in England:
This talk investigates the concept of hard-paste porcelain. A history of the manufacture of hard-paste wares dating from the 6th and 7th centuries is presented and a number of criteria, previously used to support the notion of hard-paste, are discussed. It is noted that the Western concept of ‘true hard-paste’ reflects an accident of both geography and timing. Features including mineralogy, use of natural materials, visual appearance, resistance to thermal shock, and refractory body are examined and it is argued that William Cookworthy was not the first to fire hard-paste porcelains in England during the 18th century.