Chinese ceramics expert to give lecture Jan. 13

The Connecticut Ceramics Study Circle will celebrate a milestone on Jan. 13 when highly anticipated ceramics expert Denise Patry Leidy will provide an illustrated lecture on the global impact of Chinese ceramics to help commemorate the organization’s 25th anniversary.

Ms. Leidy, who serves as the Asian Art curator of New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, will tell the fascinating and complex story of China’s development of pottery — particularly porcelain — and its global impact from the 9th Century to the modern era.

The global reach of China’s potteries began as early as the 9th Century, a period marked by the expansion of the Chinese ceramic industry, the rise of drinking tea, the technological development of porcelain and the entry into maritime trade. Green-glazed wares, known as celadons, were produced in multiple complexes, becoming some of the first Chinese pieces to be widely traded as far as the east coast of Africa.

By the 17th and 18th centuries, a tantalizing array of colors were often applied to porcelain objects, exciting universal admiration. It was during this period that a rapid exchange of technology, shapes and designs took place between Europe and China, as Chinese potters copied European wooden, glass and metal vessels while the Chinese shapes, such as the teapot, became global commodities.

The relationship between Chinese and Western ceramics expanded in the late 19th Century, when widespread concerns over urbanization and industrialization spurred the Arts and Crafts movement which, in turn, promoted a new appreciation for earthy brown and black-glazed ceramics that had been produced in China from the 11th to the 13th century. Today, these earthy wares greatly inform the work of contemporary potters around the world.

Since its establishment in 1989, the Connecticut Ceramics Study Circle has sought to educate and delight the public on the many and varied aspects of the ceramics field, from cultural history to technology, and from personalities to global impact. The lecture will be held Jan. 13 at 1:15 p.m. at the Bruce Museum. The fee for non-members is $25. No reservation is necessary. For more information email [email protected]

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