Ding ware (Chinese character: 定瓷; Wade-Giles: Ting; Pinyin: Dìngcí) was produced in the prefecture of Dingzhou, starting from the end of the Tang Dynasty and finishing during the Jin dynasty of northern China.
It is famous for the ivory-white or creamy-white colour of the majority of its products, although it also produced lines in other glazes, using varied techniques. The range and output of the wares was large, producing ceramics of high quality for the wealthy merchant class and the scholar-literati class, as well as tributary ceramics of the highest quality for the imperial court.
Ding ware had already become highly desirable during the Song Dynasty, due to its subtle colour and refined form. It inspired some of the early porcelain of Jingdezhen, and was endlessly copied by this and other kiln complexes, as late as the Ming and Qing dynasties.
... Ding (Wade-Giles Ting) ware was produced in Ding Xian (modern Chu-yang), Hebei Province, slightly south-west of Beijing ... when the Song emperors came to power in 940, Ding ware was the finest porcelain produced in northern China at the time, and was the first to enter the palace for official imperial use ... almost transparent glaze that dripped and collected in "tears," (though some Ding ware was glazed a monochrome black or brown, white was the much more common type) ...