Symbolic ceramics

Dish: When? 14th century. Where? In the " great ceramic town" known as Ching-te-chen located in the southern part of China. Teapot: When? 1755-1760. Tea flourished in 1750 and the British East India company imported 37 million pounds of tea. Where? The tea came from Asia through the Netherlands to get to London. Jar: When? 1880, Though the first appearance was marked in 300 B.C. Where? Northwestern, New Mexico. The native american tribes there were the most famous for their pottery- making tradition. Vase: When? 2000 was the year the original piece came to be, but 1960 was when the artist, Grayson Perry, introduced his different style of work. Where? In the Mudam museum located in Luxembourg, Belgium. 

This particular piece of work because of the vibrant blue and white decor on the face of the dish. The bird on the front also drew my attention. Its feathers are detailed and its surrounded by by beautifully detailed flowers. It is a ceramic piece that had an everyday use. According to the Chinese, they made the pieces for the "Vulgar Middle easter market. That reason alone led me to believe that the piece is is cultural. It can also be said to have been made to satisfy the preferred larger proportions of the Islamic countries. Very beautiful!
This ceramic piece has such a different decor on it that I had to look further into it! It has various shapes and designs on it. They are said to accompany the
Like the teapot I described earlier, the patterns on this piece are what drew me to want to learn more about it. I enjoy the older look of the jar overall and the unique definite shapes. The shapes, which look more like some kind of deer, are said to have "best exemplified the extraordinary culture of the Indian Southwest. The text also states that pot making was included in nearly all of the indians cultures. After discovering all of this I am confident to say that I believe this piece is cultural. This piece impresses me overall and I find it very intriging!
This piece definitely stood out from the others in my opinion. Its detail was what first caught my eye, but then I looked a little closer and noticed that it had quite a few almost misplaced decor options on it. For example, the main decorations I noticed were the outlines of what looked to me like egyptians. Then I noticed an older painted picture of a little girl and even a picture of a pink mouse! In the description it states that the maker of these works, Grayson Perry, enjoys making ceramic vases, but by using "diversifying artistic techniques". What I took from that was Mr. Perry enjoys mixing odd things up and changing the common art ideas. With that being said, I believe this piece has a definite social meaning. I don't believe it describes a social issue, but I do believe it connects with the interchanging style of today's modern society. A unique,Very cool piece in my opinion!
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