Tom Whitten, Research Associate to the Asian art department at the DAM and seasoned China scholar, will talk about Jingdezhen, an ancient site of ceramics production, to illuminate contemporary ceramics in terms of the history of ceramic manufacture in China.
Jingdezhen, in Jiangxi province, took its name from the Jingde reign period of the Northern Song dynasty’s Zhao Heng emperor in 1004 CE, when ceramic production there was at one of its many peaks. A millennium of dynastic and political change has proven the resilience of the local industry. One-third of the population is estimated still to be working in some form of ceramic business. Whitten's talk investigates the evolution of the ceramics industry in the city and its development up to the present, when the demise of the state-run factory system has opened up opportunities for contemporary artists, craftspeople, and makers of high-quality reproductions alike.
Doors open at 11:30 am.
Free for Asian Art Association members; $5 teachers, students, and docents; $7 DAM members; $10 others. Reservations requested. Museum admission not required for lecture alone.
For details, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 720-913-0040.
Sponsored by the Asian Art Association, a DAM support group.
Image credit: Ceramic shards at Jingdezhen. Photo by Tom Whitten.