Porcelain is very refined clay. The Chinese first discovered how to create it and kept their glaze technique and manufacturing technique a secret, but because it was so popular in Europe in the 1700's, the Europeans spent years through trial and error learning how to recreate it. The Germans were the first to discover how to create it in 1708. The Chinese ground up pearls and put them into their porcelain artwork to ensure it had an iridescent and reflective finish when glazed and hardened...
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