|By Guo Pei|
Blue and white porcelain in Chinese is 青花, which I read literally means 'blue flowers'. I always thought 青 was green, but I asked my mum and it turns out that 青 can be different colours depending on context.
As well as flowers, common motifs include clouds, grapes, lotus flowers and cranes. Influence from Islam means some wares have painted on them Persian or Arabic characters. Usually the pigment is cobalt(II) oxide, which is potentionally poisonous in large amounts.
|By John Galliano|