Weekly Paper #5

Weekly Paper #5 - wares depending on their location. In the...

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Nicole Leung Lee INTL 10 July 26, 2010 Weekly Paper #5 In the reading, I learned that Chinese ceramics from the Song dynasty have left a lasting impression on the world both past and present. These ceramics tend to be flawless and are admired by all modern potters as they depict potting, firing techniques, and glaze making in perfection. The shapes of these wares tend to be very simple, delicate, and elegantly flowing, and the parts usually flow together and connect smoothly with each other. This is the dominant aesthetic element of Song vessels. The glazes are almost always monochromatic with a soft matte surface. There is minimal ornamentation and if any it is usually floral and occasionally figures used to augment the form of the pot. Within that dynasty, there are even differences in the appearance of the
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Unformatted text preview: wares depending on their location. In the north, the wares are usually white or creamy white in both the body and glaze. However in the south, the wares are gray in body and glazed either pale blue-white or green ranging from olive to blue-green. Northern wares were also not fired at a high enough temperature to consider them as porcelain, however porcelain was predominant in the south. This might have been due to topographical and natural resource differences. The north was mostly flat and deforested with coal as the major fuel. The south, on the other hand, was hilly and mountainous and partly forested. The beehive kiln of the north as opposed to the dragon kiln of the south was unable to reach a high enough temperature to create porcelain because coal burns at a lower temperature than wood....
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This note was uploaded on 08/30/2011 for the course INTL 10 taught by Professor Lee during the Summer '10 term at DeAnza College.

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