Formed in 1969, the Southeast Asian Ceramic Society’s purpose is to widen appreciation and acquire knowledge of the ceramic art of China and countries adjacent to China, especially those of Southeast Asia. To pursue this aim, members meet both online and at programme events to hear talks by experts, exchange information, and to study and compare ‘pots’.

We are a non-profit society, founded in 1969, whose members are interested in Southeast Asian ceramics. Members needn’t be collectors, just interested in the various roles ceramics play in history, trade and culture. Membership is open to all from beginners to academics to specialized collectors. The Society arranges monthly programmes held on ZOOM with both local and international experts. The majority of our programmes are now recorded and available to members as a benefit of membership.

For local (Singapore-based) members, hands-on ‘handling sessions’ are held on a regular basis with experts to help members learn how to identify correctly the ceramics they may own or be considering for purchase. We also arrange an annual ceramics and book sale (featuring items de-accessioned from members’ collections) that includes many hard-to-find, out-of-print books on ceramics. While the ceramics sale is a physical sale in Singapore; the book sales are held on-line with the list mailed to all members with the option of pick-up or mail orders.

Our online presence includes the digitisation of some of our publications. Field trips to both local and international destinations are regular member highlights.

The society and its early exhibitions “of the then-little-known ceramic tradition of Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam caused a stir amongst the oriental ceramic cognoscenti, … inspired a generation of younger scholars and stimulated the interest of government archaeological departments throughout Southeast Asia.” As a consequence, ceramic societies were to emerge in ensuing years in West Malaysia, Jakarta, Manila and Hong Kong, following the lead of the Singapore chapter. Browse the many resources open to all on our website.

President

John N. Miksic

Vice-Presidents

Patricia Bjaaland Welch
CHIA (Alvin) Kiam Pheng

Treasurer

Mathew N. Welch

Secretary

WANG Li-Ching

Councillors

Marjorie CHU
Timothy Clark
GOH Geok Yian
TEO Zhen Peng
Shu Tieng FOO
Caroline Ang Leng LEE

Honorary Auditors

Laura YUNG
Mark Edleson

Monthly ZOOM talks by experts are recorded and available as online recordings to members

A Thai Buriram kiln lime pot in the shape of an owl

Scene from one of our annual SEACS ceramic sales for members and their guests

Handling sessions led by specialists and senior collectors provide fun and excellent learning experiences for our members

Exhibitions organised by the Southeast Asian Ceramic Society, Singapore

11th exhibition, 2019 – SEACS 50th Anniversary

10th exhibition, 2009 – Southeast Asian Ceramics: New Light on Old Pottery

9th exhibition, 1993 – Ceramics in Scholarly Taste

8th exhibition, 1991 – Spirit of Han: Ceramics for the Afterlife

7th exhibition, 1983 – Song Ceramics

6th exhibition, 1982 – Vietnamese Ceramics

5th exhibition, 1981 – Khmer Ceramics, 9th – 14th Century

4th exhibition, 1979 – Chinese Celadons and Other Related Wares in Southeast Asia

3rd exhibition, 1978 – Chinese Blue and White Ceramics

2nd exhibition, 1973 – Chinese White Wares

1st exhibition, 1971 – Ceramic Art of Southeast Asia

William Willetts Lectures

2010 Rose Kerr: “Chinese Ceramics made for export to Southeast Asia in the Victoria & Albert Museum”

2009 Professor Peter Y.K. Lam: “Putting Broken Pieces Together: Dating evidences for 14th – 19th Century Chinese Ceramic Finds in Singapore”

2008 Dr John Miksic: “Strange Discoveries: Mysterious Artefacts in Singapore”

2007 John Guy: “Asian Ceramics in Production and Trade in Southeast Asia’s ‘Age of Empires’”

2006 Professor Wang Gungwu: “Tribute and Trade: The Ming Dynasty”

2005 Heidi Tan: “New Insights on Rare Vietnamese Ceramics in the Asian Civilisations Museum Collection”

2004 Professor Kwa Chong Guan: “The Indianisation of Southeast Asia”

2003 Dr Kenson Kwok: “Blanc de Chine – the Hickley Collection”

2002 Mr Anthony Lin: “The Imperial Porcelains of the Kangxi Era”

2001 Mr Dorian Ball “Salvage from Shipwrecks – Recovering Antique Porcelain for Collectors”

2000 Mrs Jean Martin: “Chinese Blue and White Ceramics: Singapore 1978 in Retrospect”

1999 Mr. Christopher Frape: “The Jade Culture of Ancient Vietnam”

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