Seminar: The Magic of Fire: A Chinese Potter’s Palette

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Seminar: The Magic of Fire: A Chinese Potter’s Palette

April 10, 2017 - 9:30 am

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Seminar
April 10, 2017
9:30 AM- 3:00 PM

The Magic of Fire:  A Chinese Potter’s Palette.

A series of 3 lectures by Robert D. Mowry, Alan J Dworsky Curator of Chinese Art Emeritus, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

Only three traditional coloring agents, all metallic compounds, can withstand the high temperatures of porcelain firing and yet mature to a beautiful color: compounds of iron, cobalt, and copper. This series of three lectures will illustrate the rewards and challenges of each of these coloring agents. The lectures will focus on Chinese ceramics, though the coloring agents yield the same colors and offer the same rewards and challenges whether used in China, Korea, Japan, Europe, America, or anywhere else. In each case, the lectures will discuss the first use of the coloring agent and then demonstrate the potters’ development and mastery of the medium. See Seminar page for details.

Lecture 1
From Celadon to Black and Brown: Iron Oxide as Glaze Colorant and as Pigment for Underglaze Painting

Lecture 2
From Royal to Navy: Cobalt as Glaze Colorant and as Pigment for Underglaze Painting

Lecture 3
Seeing Red: Copper as Glaze Colorant and as Pigment for Underglaze Painting

See Seminar page for details

 

 

Above
Teapot, “Monkey, Rooster, Snail,” Minton Majolica earthenware, c. 1875. Courtesy of Nicolaus Boston.