|Type Name:||PORCELAIN, POWDER BLUE|
White, thin, highly vitreous paste that is smooth and translucent.
Interior feldspathic glaze is well bonded to the paste, white or bluish-white in color, lustrous, and with little evidence of imperfection.
Exterior is covered in a deep blue glaze that contains specks of black, giving it a "powdered" appearance
Most examples have an overglaze enamel design painted in gold, but this is usually worn off, leaving only iridescent "tracks" on the surface.
Overglaze motifs include scrolls and floral elements.
|Comments:||This ware is sometimes called 'blown blue', because it was blown onto the porcelain in powder form, through a bamboo tube with a silk screen at one end.|
|Published Definitions:||Carswell 1985, Deagan 1987, Kuwayama 1997|