Shades of Iron

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Blackware bowl. Cizhou type, north China. Jin Dynasty (1125-1234)

Shades of Iron

A Study of the Blackware Ceramic Tradition across Asia

As part of our ongoing exploration of various glaze traditions, our next TAASA CSG meeting will focus on ceramic wares in black and all shades of brown, largely due to the presence of iron in the glaze. Members are invited to bring along their pieces to share with the group.

The classic examples are from China and Japan but the S.E. Asian kilns produced large quantities especially from Cambodia and from the Thai kilns of Sawankholok. In China, black wares have a 2000 year tradition, reaching its zenith in the Song period where they varied from utilitarian pieces to highly refined wares for the Court.

Influenced by materials, local aesthetics and in some cases by Chinese imports, ceramics from S.E. Asia were generally made for the local market and their blackness was usually created using lower firing temperatures than those achieved in China and Japan.

Ceramics expert John Freeland will cover the importance of black and brown iron glazed ceramics in Japan, especially their relationship to tea culture. Melanie Eastburn, AGNSW Senior Curator, Asian art, will explore Khmer wares.

Refreshments provided.

RSVP: Margaret White at:


1. Cash at door

2. Pay via this website – see payment button at top right.

3. By EFT to TAASA’s account:

BSB: 012-003; Account no.: 2185 28414 (please indicate name plus ‘CSG’)



2 February, 2017
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm AEDT
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