The black pottery ocarina is decorated with one of the Four Symbols of the Chinese constellations, Black Tortoise. A holy animal usually depicted as a snake coiling around the tortoise. It represents the north and the winter season.
The pottery ocarina, the oldest holed wind instrument in china, emerged almost 7,000 years ago. Made of exquisite red clay, it was molded by hand and fired with a special smoke-baked technique. Each hole was carefully drilled and tuned by professional musicians in accordance with the instrument's size, shape, airflow and potential for resonance. With its deep, pure timbre, the pottery ocarina adds a unique flavor to Chinese traditional culture. Pottery ocarina has it's own features and styles in tone color interval and tonality.
Black pottery gets the smooth ebony finish from its special firing process. The fuel is mixed with pigment; and the clay absorbs the color from the smoke during the firing. Traditionally, all the engravings are carved before the firing. Our artisans have also invented a new method that engraves designs on the surface after the item is fired. The color gets lighter as the artist etches deeper. So the final coloring has levels of yellow and gray, as well as black.
Black pottery originated during the Neolithic period (12,000 B.C.) in China; and this method was perfected by the Long Shan Culture (3000 B.C.) The earliest works of Black Pottery are water pots and vessels of ancient worship. Then it became the house-hold wares for daily life of the royal families.