17 April 2020 – William Willetts Annual Lecture: Celadons of the North – The Ceramics of Yaozhou

Yaozhou Vase with Carved Floral Designs, Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127), China
Copyright The Victoria & Albert Museum, The United Kingdom
Yaozhou Dish with Incised Peony Decoration, Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127), China
Copyright the Art Gallery of NSW, Australia

William Willetts Annual Lecture: Celadons of the North – The Ceramics of Yaozhou by Rose Kerr

7.15pm Friday 17 April 2020
Imagination Room, Level 5
National Library Building
100 Victoria Street
Singapore 188064

Yaozhou ware is one of the finest ceramics made in north China. Yaozhou kilns were active for more than seven hundred years from the Tang through the Yuan Dynasties, manufacturing a wide range of ceramics that included lead-glazed roof tiles, sancai wares, celadons, white wares, tea dust coloured wares and black wares. Yaozhou enjoyed its highest status during the Song Dynasty (960-1279 CE), when they were used as tribute wares by the Song court.
Yaozhou ware was highly coveted and traded globally from China across all of Asia and has been found as far as Oman, Tanzania and Egypt. This lecture will concentrate on the development and manufacturing technology of celadon, illustrating the story with a range of materials from private and public collections.

This annual lecture, sponsored by the Southeast Asian Ceramic Society (SEACS), is the 22nd William Willetts lecture held in honour of the Society’s founder, who also served as its President from 1970-1973. Previous William Willetts lecturers have included Professor Wang Gungwu, Professor John Miksic, and such well-known scholars as Kwa Chong Guan, Kenson Kwok, Stacey Pierson, Anthony Lin, John Guy, Rose Kerr, Nigel Wood and Jean Martin. 2021 marks the Society’s 51st anniversary since its founding in 1969.

About Rose Kerr
Rose Kerr is one of the world’s leading experts and much-published authors on oriental ceramics. She became an Honorary Associate of the Needham Research Institute in Cambridge after retiring as Keeper of the Far Eastern Department at the Victoria & Albert Museum, where she worked from 1978-2003. She acts as a Honorary Fellow of the University of Glasgow, Trustee of the Great Britain-China Education Trust, Trustee of the Sir Percival David Foundation of Chinese Art and Museum Expert Advisor for Hong Kong. She is also a frequent contributor to various Asian arts magazines and publications.

This event is free and open to SEACS members, their guests and the public. The lecture will begin promptly at 7.15pm and end at approximately 8:30pm. Parking is available in the National Library basement car park and the closest MRT station is Bras Basah.