--- In sca-jml@y..., Elaine Koogler <ekoogler1@c...> wrote:
> I'm doing some research on this as I can. I just started a new job
and they've already got me rewriting a course that I'm going to be
teaching the week before Pennsic!! So I'm kind of under the gun with
that. But I am checking into it. It appears I may have been
mistaken about the Arita...but then I did say I wasn't sure. I do
know that pottery existed very early in Japan, but it wasn't the fine
porcelain. That they learned how to make from Chinese and Korean
potters. I don't have dates yet, but, as I said, I'll get them out
as soon as possible.
> The website referred to be another person (name escapes me at the
moment...I've been fighting with Oracle all day) looked pretty good,
so you might want to check that out.
Check out the files section, very bottom, ca project is the title.
It is a research paper I wrote on ceramics in asia. It BARELY
touches porcelain, but it goes into the main materials that were
used, which were stoneware and earthernware. And it was the koreans,
mainly, who taught the Japanese how to fire their kilns at higher
temps and introduced, amoung many other things, celadon glaze.
China did have some influence, but really not as much as korea, or at
least not as DIRECTLY as korea had.
I just got yet ANOTHER Japanese ceramic book, it's actually a history
of folk art, mostly wood, some fiber and ceramics, and it seems that
if Japan did use porcelain, it would be very late period since all
the examples I've come across so far have been 17th century. Again,
I am far from perfect or the end all knowledge, but from what it
looks like, China was the one that used porcelains and exported it
first, and much earlier in period.
So, while blue and white pottery is extremely "it" in Japan today, it
certainly wasn't as available during most of period. Shino, celedon,
temoku and oribe wares would be the main ones, with a whole lot of
ash glaze pieces mixed in. Bizenware, tamba also period, but tamba
as far as I know isn't still in production. Hmmm...something else to
I will be expanding that asian ceramics article for Caid's pentathlon
I have decided. I'm a little miffled that there is so little focus
in Caid on asia and its arts. I mean, HELLO, we have Hawaii in our
If you all could please read the article and tell me what you would
like to know more ABOUT that would help. I WILL research porcelain
some more for sure...but anything else?