These 4 ceramic pieces I chose all caught my eye with their beauty and detail. They all contain such simplicity and yet so much detail and thought put into it. 

This piece of art work called "White" is made by Lucio Fontana. It's constructed of 14 white glazed ceramic tiles. Each tile is roughly sculpted and engraved. The most prominent elements used and seen in this piece would be texture and form. There is much texture used in the whole making of this piece. The texture is seen in sharp engravings and markings. The form was used to create this unique piece that represents Jesus on the cross. Its function was to be made and placed in the chapel of "Casa Materna Asili Nido Ada Bolchini Dell'Acqua" for decoration. Since the piece of art signifies religion and faith, it was to be held in an area of praise and worship. It also shows that Christ would go through such a horrific time for us. The loose and roughly engraved texture gives us the feeling of the hardship during this time. I've decided to place this piece into my gallery because it is a symbol of my love and faith for Jesus Christ. I'd say that this piece has personal meaning. It's personal because of the relationship someone may have with Christ.
This white porcelain bottle is made in the 15th century during the Joseon Dynasty, which was a rich era. It stands 32.9cm high. This piece is in a pear shape, with a thin spout portraying from the bottom of the vessel. The entire vessel is covered in a light gray glaze with a faint blue tinge. The most prominent element for this vessel is the shape. The shape is unique. With a pear shape, and the top coming in to a smaller area, the vessel seems dainty and elegant. The function of this vessel was for drinking tea and other beverages. The shape of this vessel is very rare for the Joseon period, making it more valuable. The reason for this vessel is for cultural. The vessels shape was based off the Chinese yuhuchun vessel, which was a large cultural vessel. My reason for collecting this piece was because I love the shape and color of it. It instantly drew my eye. I also love the techniques used to make this vessel, which includes clay and metal work.
This vessel called "White Porcelain Placenta Jars" was created during the Joseon period. It stands 30.9cm high. The entire jar is covered in a white glaze making the jar glossy. The jar has four loops around the neck, which was used for fastening the jar. The jar was accompanied by a stone tablet with information on the new born. The purpose of the vessel was to hold a new born prince or princess's placenta. The prominent element seen in this vessel is the shape. It has an interesting shape, with the base starting small, gradually leading larger. At the top, out sticks four rings, that connects to the top of the jar lid. The reasons for the rings, is to fasten the jar shut and to keep the placenta from falling out. I chose this piece because it has an interesting use in the history of China. The meaning of the work is social and cultural. Social, because it was only used for the very wealthy. It being used for the royal. I also consider it cultural because this vessel was used in the Chinese region, during the Joseon Dynasty.
This unique art piece, "White Porcelain with an Openwork Peony Scroll Design" was created during Joseon Dynasty, 18th century. This piece consists of 2 parts. The decorative outer part, that conceals the inner cylinder jar. It is designed with a beautiful floral and vine work. The piece is lightly glazed over with a light blue. This is a rare jar because it shows open work. The element seen in this piece is shape,form, and line. There is so much work and detail put into the jar, that it shows all 3 elements. This jar was made for the royal court, because of the rarity and beauty that it portrays. I chose this vessel because of all the detail and the beauty that comes with it. I believe this work was arranged in the way it was, because it was made specifically for the royal. It had to look elegant, and expensive. The meaning of this work is social. Its a rare piece of art. Usually rare items were made personally for wealthy families. This causing it to be a social piece.
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