Pottery and ceramic ware has been around for thousands of years. Examples of Egyptian pottery have been dated at 5000 years BC. Initially most pottery was used for storing liquids. One of the main disadvantages of pottery is that it is porous and liquid will eventually seep through.
Around 500 -900 years BC, the Greeks discovered that by glazing pottery tiles they could be both decorative and waterproof. This was the beginning of glazed ceramics, as we know them today.
Around 100 years BC, the Egyptians started to make glazed ceramic pots for storing spices and liquids. They used copper to create the glaze, resulting in a predominantly green coloured ceramic finish. The method of applying glaze to pottery has changed very little since.
The Egyptians and Romans were the first to use glazed pottery for lighting. They were decorative glazed pots with a shallow dish in the top filled with oil. This would be lit and the light from the flame would illuminate a small area.
In the 13th century, the Chinese took ceramics to a new level with the introduction of the famous Chinese blue and white designs that remain popular to this very day.
Once Thomas Edison invented the electric lamp in 1879, it was only a matter of time before ceramic vases were converted to table lamps by the addition of cable and a lamp holder in the top.
A ceramic table lamp is a particularly attractive addition to any room. They are available in a multitude of sizes and styles to complement your decor. The addition of a contrasting or matching shade can bring vibrant warm colours into the darkest room.
Oriental table lamps offer the same advantages, coupled with unusual shapes that add an abstract feel to any room. Please be aware that some ceramic table lamps are very large and care needs to be taken in their selection and placement within the home.
If you require any further help or advice on ceramic or oriental table lamps or any other aspect of home lighting, please contact us for friendly, honest and down to earth advice.
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