Historical Context of China
A pioneer in technology and technical innovation in both the arts and sciences, China and its artisans have pioneered many incredible innovations. For example, true porcelain, with kaolin as the key ingredient, emerged in China in the early 1300s. It would not be developed in Europe with the same technical quality and physical properties until 1722, when the Meissen factory in Germany also unlocked the secrets of the recipe. Modern art production, when not focused on championing the ideals of the State, instead reworked many of the classical ideals of Calligraphic ink works made with the brush.