I found the readings to be so interesting because I never thought of porcelain as an item that could unit nations in trade. When considering what items would cause globalization through trade, I always thought of natural resources and things like spices. Porcelain is a clear example of the desire for luxury goods that emerged with this rise of consumerism and the middle (and merchant) classes.
The blue and white Chinese porcelain was my favorite thing to read about, for I’ve seen some pieces in a museum and the contrast between the cobalt and the pure white is striking (my picture attempts to show the contrast). The article was also relevant to today’s world because China is still one of the largest (if not THE largest) international exporter- it’s cool to see where all of their production and global trade got its roots.