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In the single-fire process, glaze is applied to ceramic ware while the clay is still raw (unfired). After drying, clay and glaze then are matured together in the intense heat of the kiln at the same time.
The "single-fire process" was created by Chinese ceramists during the earliest decades of the Qing Dynasty (1644 - 1911). The Qing Dynasty is generally divided into three distinct periods: Kangxi (emperor from 1662-1722); Yongzheng (emperor from 1722-1736); and Qianglong (emperor from 1736-1796). The peace and prosperity which characterized much of the Qing dynasty allowed for a tremendous flowering of the arts and culture. There was strong imperial support for all manner of Chinese artists, artisans and craftspeople.