Celadon ceramics was developed in China more than 2000 years ago, where it became popular not only among Chinese emperors. From there the production method spread to other Asian countries. During the heyday of the Ming dynasty (beginning of 14th century) it reached Europe, where the value of celadon ceramics was first measured in terms of gold.
The unique characteristic of celadon is its distinctive glaze made with wood ash.The ingredients are pure natural: two different types of wood ash are mixed with clay from rice fields, water and quartz. The typical olive-green glaze, which resembles jade, results from the reduction of ferric oxide during the burning process (at 1260°C). The glaze is designed to craze and take on a crackled appearance. High-quality celadon, produced according to ancient rules, can therefore be distinguished by its light green and crackled glaze. You may, however, find yellow/brown or beige celadon with a matt glaze as well, which is the result of lower temperatures at burning.