One of the joys of collecting ceramics are the stories behind the pieces we have in our collections. Many of the stories you are about to read are from real collectors, the majority of whom are members of the Southeast Asian Ceramic Society, who have shared here the motivation or emotion–or knowledge gained or lessons learned–from a ceramic in their collection. Other stories are from folk tales or other literary sources where potters or ceramics have played a key role. We hope you will enjoy these stories, and do let us know if you’d like to add your own….
A 17th Century morality tale about a potter and his two daughters, one an unfaithful wife.
A rich ash glaze oozes down from the nipple at the top of this modern sculpture, focussing on the universal issue of birth and procreation....
Tang or a 19th or 20th-century reproduction? Follow a collector's story of her search for the answer of this Tang burial figurine purchased in Hong Kong in 2007.
Real or a reproduction? A savvy collector collects the evidence behind a plate sold as a valuable 16th-century Annamese 'fish' dish.