Art of Asia: Ceramics

This unit provides information on the methods and materials of ceramic design and production across Asia.

Key Ideas:

1) Ceramics are made from "clay bodies," collections of minerals and dirt that when wet can be made into shapes.

2) After shaping, clay is heated to very high temperatures in special ovens called "kilns" to make it stronger and waterproof. Craftspeople have developed complex and specialized ways of creating and controlling heat.

3) Ceramics can carry symbolic associations through their appearance, construction, or even the materials from which they are made.

4) Ceramic artists used various glazes for aesthetic and practical purposes.