Celadon bowl, Sung Dynasty, heavily crazed

Musings: from the Garden of Greens and Blues

Celadon bowl, Sung Dynasty, heavily crazed


As a potter, I find myself conscious of legacy: having an understanding of what has gone before us is not only fascinating but can inform our own practice. In my early potting days I developed a particular fondness for the type of glaze known as Celadon, and was fortunate enough to be able to examine and handle many old Chinese pieces, and use more modern examples. It was the particular qualities of those old glazes that captured me…the soft, luminous sheen, a semi opaque depth created by a myriad of tiny bubbles, the cool hues of blues and greens, and above all, a quietness …


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