Ceramic Stories

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 Modern Kakiemon Tiger

2022-05-26T10:20:39+08:00

A struggle to choose amongst the thousands of exquisite ceramics in Arita, Japan, results in the purchase of a Kakiemon tiger.

A Modern Kakiemon Tiger2022-05-26T10:20:39+08:00

My Tang Dynasty Court Lady: A Mingqi Figurine

2022-05-31T14:19:36+08:00

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.

My Tang Dynasty Court Lady: A Mingqi Figurine2022-05-31T14:19:36+08:00

A Tang Dynasty Changsha Bowl

2022-06-01T17:00:44+08:00

The Singapore Asian Civilisation Museum's Tang shipwreck collection of Changsha bowls inspires a docent to start collecting.

A Tang Dynasty Changsha Bowl2022-06-01T17:00:44+08:00

Hunting the Bear: A Spode Journey

2022-05-31T16:07:37+08:00

An intriguing find of a plate in an Australian auction depicting a bear hunt in an oriental setting unlocks The Blue Room, a locked space, in the Spode Museum.

Hunting the Bear: A Spode Journey2022-05-31T16:07:37+08:00

An 18C Shiwan ‘Laughing Buddha’

2022-05-31T14:48:52+08:00

A london shopkeeper is talked into selling an 18th-century Shiwan Laughing Buddha after insisting it was a personal piece not for sale.

An 18C Shiwan ‘Laughing Buddha’2022-05-31T14:48:52+08:00

Why I Collect Contemporary Ceramics

2022-02-04T16:48:04+08:00

A professional art dealer explains why she can admire antiquarian ceramics, but personally collects only contemporary ceramics

Why I Collect Contemporary Ceramics2022-02-04T16:48:04+08:00

A Sulawesi Trade Ware Collection

2022-05-31T15:26:14+08:00

A collection amassed while living in Southeast Asia, primarily in Indonesia, is carefully studied and catalogued years later using a wide variety of resources. Read more here....

A Sulawesi Trade Ware Collection2022-05-31T15:26:14+08:00

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