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Celadon
Celadon
is a term for pottery denoting both wares glazed in the jade green celadon color, also known as greenware (the term specialists now tend to use)[1] and a type of transparent glaze, often with small cracks, that was first used on greenware, but later used on other porcelains. Celadon
Celadon
originated in China, though the term is purely European, and notable kilns such as the Longquan kiln in Zhejiang province are renowned for their celadon glazes.[2] Celadon
Celadon
production later spread to other regions in Asia, such as Japan, Korea[3] and Thailand. Eventually European potteries produced some pieces, but it was never a major element there. Finer pieces are in porcelain, but both the color and the glaze can be produced in stoneware and earthenware. Most of the earlier Longquan celadon
Longquan celadon
is on the border of stoneware and porcelain, meeting the Chinese but not the European definitions of porcelain. For many centuries, celadon wares were highly regarded by the Chinese Imperial court, before being replaced in fashion by painted wares, especially the new blue and white porcelain under the Yuan dynasty. The similarity of the color to jade, traditionally the most highly valued material in China, was a large part of its attraction. Celadon continued to be produced in China
China
at a lower level, often with a conscious sense of reviving older styles. In Korea
Korea
the celadons produced under the Goryeo Dynasty
Goryeo Dynasty
(918–1392) are regarded as the classic wares of Korean porcelain. The celadon colour is classically produced by firing a glaze containing a little iron oxide at a high temperature in a reducing kiln. The materials must be refined, as other chemicals can alter the color completely. Too little iron oxide causes a blue colour (sometimes a desired effect), and too much gives olive and finally black; the right amount is between 0.75% and 2.5%. The presence of other chemicals may have effects; titanium dioxide gives a yellowish tinge.[4] Pieces made with a celadon glaze are themselves often referred to as "celadons."

Contents

1 Etymology 2 Production and characteristics 3 Chinese celadons 4 Korean celadon 5 Japanese celadon 6 Thai celadon 7 Others 8 Notes 9 References 10 Further reading 11 External links

Etymology[edit] The term "celadon" for the pottery's pale jade-green glaze was coined by European connoisseurs of the wares. One theory is that the term first appeared in France
France
in the 17th century and that it is named after the shepherd Celadon
Celadon
in Honoré d'Urfé's French pastoral romance, L'Astrée
L'Astrée
(1627),[5] who wore pale green ribbons. (D'Urfe, in turn, borrowed his character from Ovid's Metamorphoses
Metamorphoses
V.210.) Another theory is that the term is a corruption of the name of Saladin
Saladin
(Salah ad-Din), the Ayyubid Sultan, who in 1171 sent forty pieces of the ceramic to Nur ad-Din Zengi, Sultan of Syria.[6] Yet a third theory is that the word derives from the Sanskrit
Sanskrit
sila and dhara, which mean "green" and "stone" respectively.[citation needed] Production and characteristics[edit]

Ming shrine, the figure left unglazed in the "biscuit" state

Yaozhou ware
Yaozhou ware
bowl with carved and combed decoration, Northern Song dynasty

Celadon
Celadon
glaze refers to a family of usually partly transparent but coloured glazes, many with pronounced (and sometimes accentuated) "crackle", or tiny cracks in the glaze produced in a wide variety of colors, generally used on stoneware or porcelain pottery bodies. So-called "true celadon", which requires a minimum 1,260 °C (2,300 °F) furnace temperature, a preferred range of 1,285 to 1,305 °C (2,345 to 2,381 °F), and firing in a reducing atmosphere, originated at the beginning of the Northern Song
Northern Song
Dynasty (960–1127),[7] at least on one strict definition. The unique grey or green celadon glaze is a result of iron oxide's transformation from ferric to ferrous iron (Fe2O3 → FeO) during the firing process.[7] Individual pieces in a single firing can have significantly different colours, from small variations in conditions in different parts of the kiln. Most of the time, green was the desired colour, reminding the Chinese of jade, always the most valued material in Chinese culture. Celadon
Celadon
glazes can be produced in a variety of colors, including white, grey, blue and yellow, depending on several factors: 1) the thickness of the applied glaze, 2) the type of clay to which it is applied, 3) the exact chemical makeup of the glaze, 4) the firing temperature 5) the degree of reduction in the kiln atmosphere and 6) the degree of opacity in the glaze. The most famous and desired shades range from a very pale green to deep intense green, often meaning to mimic the green shades of jade. The main color effect is produced by iron oxide in the glaze recipe or clay body. Celadons are almost exclusively fired in a reducing atmosphere kiln as the chemical changes in the iron oxide which accompany depriving it of free oxygen are what produce the desired colors. As with most glazes, crazing (a glaze defect) can occur in the glaze and, if the characteristic is desirable, is referred to as "crackle" glaze. Chinese celadons[edit]

Narcissus basin with light bluish-green glaze, Ru ware, National Palace Museum.

Greenwares are found in earthenware from the Shang dynasty
Shang dynasty
onwards.[4] Archaeologist Wang Zhongshu states that shards with a celadon ceramic glaze have been recovered from Eastern Han Dynasty
Eastern Han Dynasty
(25–220 AD) tomb excavations in Zhejiang, and that this type of ceramic became well known during the Three Kingdoms
Three Kingdoms
(220–265).[8] These are now often called proto-celadons, and tend to browns and yellows, without much green. The earliest major type of celadon was Yue ware,[9] which was succeeded by a number of kilns in north China
China
producing wares known as Northern Celadons, sometimes used by the imperial court. The best known of these is Yaozhou ware.[10] All these types were already widely exported to the rest of East Asia and the Islamic world. Longquan celadon
Longquan celadon
wares, were first made during the Northern Song, but flourished under the Southern Song, as the capital moved to the south and the northern kilns declined.[11] This had bluish, blue-green, and olive green glazes and the bodies increasingly had high silica and alkali contents which resembled later porcelain wares made at Jingdezhen and Dehua
Dehua
rather than stonewares.[12] All the wares mentioned above were mostly in, or aiming to be in, some shade of green. Other wares which can be classified as celadons, were more often in shades of pale blue, very highly valued by the Chinese, or various browns and off-whites. These were often the most highly regarded at the time and by later Chinese connoisseurs, and sometimes made more or less exclusively for the court. These include Ru ware, Guan ware
Guan ware
and Ge ware,[13] as well as earlier types such as the "secret colour" (mi se) wares,[14] finally identified when the crypt at the Famen Temple
Famen Temple
was opened. Large quantities of Longquan celadon
Longquan celadon
were exported throughout East Asia, Southeast Asia and the Middle East in the 13th-15th century. Large celadon dishes were especially welcomed in Islamic nations. Since about 1420 the Counts of Katzenelnbogen
Katzenelnbogen
have owned the oldest European import of celadon, reaching Europe
Europe
indirectly via the Islamic world. This is a cup mounted in metal in Europe, and exhibited in Kassel in the Landesmuseum.[15] After the development of blue and white porcelain in Jingdezhen ware
Jingdezhen ware
in the early 14th century, celadon gradually went out of fashion in both Chinese and export markets, and after about 1500 both the quality and quantity of production was much reduced, though there were some antiquarian revivals of celadon glazes on Jingdezhen porcelain in later centuries.[16] Decoration in Chinese celadons is normally only by shaping the body or creating shallow designs on the flat surface which allow the glaze to pool in depressions, giving a much deeper colour to accentuate the design. In both methods carving, moulding and a range of other techniques may be used. There is very rarely any contrast with a completely different colour, except where parts of a piece are sometimes left as unglazed biscuit in Longquan celadon.

Urine bottle, 251 CE

Yaozhou ware
Yaozhou ware
(Northern Celadon), with carved and engraved decoration, 10th century.

Yaozhou ware, Shaanxi province, Song Dynasty, 10th-11th century

Ru ware
Ru ware
bowl, with metal rim, produced exclusively for the Northern Song emperors c. 1110–1125.

Warming Bowl in the Shape of a Flower with Light Bluish-green Glaze, Ru ware

Flower vase with Iron Brown Spots (飛青磁花生), Longquan kiln, Yuan Dynasty, 13–14th century (National Treasure)

Longquan celadon
Longquan celadon
from Zhejiang, Ming Dynasty, 14-15th century

Korean celadon[edit]

Censer
Censer
with kingfisher glaze, Goryeo Dynasty
Goryeo Dynasty
(National Treasure No. 95)

Sanggam engraving inlaid design of a crane (left), scraping off excess clay slip, used to fill in the engraving (right)

Chinese greenwares were very popular imports to Korea, and inspired local potters. Exceptional high-quality celadons were produced in Korea
Korea
during the Goryeo
Goryeo
and Joseon dynasties.[17] An inlaid greenware technique known as sanggam, where potters would engrave semi-dried pottery with designs and place black or white clay materials within the engraving, was invented in Korea
Korea
during this time.[17][18][19] Korean greenware, also known as " Goryeo
Goryeo
celadon" is usually a pale green-blue in color. The glaze was developed and refined during the 10th and 11th centuries during the Goryeo
Goryeo
period, from which it derives its name. Korean greenware reached its zenith between the 12th and early 13th centuries, however, the Mongol invasions of Korea
Korea
in the 13th century and persecution by the Joseon Dynasty
Joseon Dynasty
government destroyed the craft.[citation needed] The Gangjin
Gangjin
Kiln
Kiln
Sites produced a large number of Goryeo
Goryeo
wares and were a complex of 188 kilns. The kiln sites are located in Gangjin-gun, Jeollanam-do
Jeollanam-do
near the sea. Mountains in the north provided the necessary raw materials such as firewood, kaolinite, and silicon dioxide for the master potters while a well established system of distribution transported pottery throughout Korea
Korea
and facilitated export to China
China
and Japan. The sites are tentatively listed as a World Heritage by the South Korean government. Traditional Korean greenware has distinctive decorative elements. The most distinctive are decorated by overlaying glaze on contrasting clay bodies. With inlaid designs, known as sanggam in Korean, small pieces of colored clay are inlaid in the base clay. Carved or slip-carved designs require layers of a different colored clay adhered to the base clay of the piece. The layers are then carved away to reveal the varying colors. A number of items dating from the Goryeo
Goryeo
dynasty have been registered by the government as a National Treasure of South Korea, such as a Dragon kettle from the 12th century (National Treasure No. 61), a maebyeong vase with sanggam engraved cranes (National Treasure No. 68), an elaborate censer with kingfisher glaze (National Treasure No. 95), and a pitcher in the shape of a Dragon Turtle (National Treasure No. 96). Modern potters, with modern materials and tools, have attempted to recreate Korean greenware techniques. An artist of the post-war era who specialised in it was Living National Treasure Yu Geun-Hyeong (유근형 ; 柳根瀅) (1894-1993).[20] His work was documented in the short film Koryo Celadon in 1979.[21] Another artist who was also a Living National Treasure was Ji Suntaku (1912-1993). Icheon Ceramics Village features hundreds of makers in the areas of Sugwang-ri, Sindun-myeon, Saeum-dong in the city of Icheon.[22] The National Museum of Korea
Korea
in Seoul houses important celadon works and national treasures. The Haegang Ceramics Museum and the Goryeo Celadon
Celadon
Museum are two regional museums that focus on Korean greenware.

Dragon kettle, Goryeo
Goryeo
dynasty, 12th century (National Treasure No. 61)

Maebyeong
Maebyeong
vase with sanggam engraved cranes, Goryeo
Goryeo
dynasty, (National Treasure No. 68)

Pitcher in the shape of a Dragon Turtle, Goryeo
Goryeo
dynasty, (National Treasure No. 96)

Lidded Jar, Joseon dynasty (National Treasure No. 1071)

Japanese celadon[edit]

Kyō ware
Kyō ware
vase, 19th century

The Japanese pronunciation of the Chinese characters for greenware is seiji (青磁). It was introduced during the Song Dynasty
Song Dynasty
(960-1270) from China
China
and via Korea. Even though Japan
Japan
has arguably the most diverse styles of ceramic art in the modern era, greenware was mostly avoided by potters because of the high loss rate of up to 80%.[23] Kaolinite, the ceramic material usually used for the production of porcelain, also does not exist in large quantities like in China. One of the sources for kaolin in Japan
Japan
is from Amakusa
Amakusa
in Kyushu. Nevertheless a number of artists emerged whose works received critical acclaim in regards to the quality and colour of the glazes achieved, as well as later on in the innovation of modern design. Three pieces originally from China
China
have been registered by the government as a national treasures. They are two flower vases from the Longquan kiln dating to the southern Song dynasty in the 13th century, and a flower vase with iron brown spots also from Longquan kiln dating to the Yuan dynasty
Yuan dynasty
in the 13–14th century. Production in the style of Longquan was centred around Arita, Saga
Arita, Saga
and in the Saga Domain
Saga Domain
under the lords of the Nabeshima clan.[24] Greenware is also closed entwined with hakuji (白磁) white porcelain. The glaze with a mixed subtle colour gradations of icy, bluish white is called seihakuji (青白磁) porcelain.[25] In Chinese this type of glaze is known as Qingbai ware.[26] Qingbai's history goes back to the Song dynasty. It is biscuit-fired and painted with a glaze containing small amounts of iron. This turns a bluish colour when fired again. Japanese artists and clients tend to favour the seihakuji bluish white glaze over the completely green glaze.[24] Pieces that are produced are normally tea or rice bowls, sake cups, vases, and plates, and mizusashi water jars for tea ceremony, censers and boxes. Some post-modern ceramic artists have however expanded into the area of sculpture and abstract art as well. Artists from the early Showa era are Itaya Hazan (1872-1963), Tomimoto Kenkichi (1886-1963), Kato Hajme (1900-1968), Tsukamoto Kaiji (塚本快示) (1912-1990), and Okabe Mineo (1919-1990), who specialized in Guan ware
Guan ware
with its crackled glaze. Tsukamoto Kaiji was nominated a Living National Treasure in 1983 for his works in seihakuji. Artists from the mid- to late Showa era were Shimizu Uichi (1926-?), who also specialized in crackled glaze, Suzuki Osamu (1926-2001), Miura Koheiji (1933-?),[23] Suzuki Sansei (b. 1936), Fukami Sueharu (b. 1947), and Takenaka Ko (b. 1941). During the Heisei era artists are Masamichi Yoshikawa (b. 1946),[27] Kawase Shinobu (b. 1950),[28] Minegishi Seiko (b. 1952),[29] Kubota Atsuko (b. 1953), Yagi Akira (b. 1955) and Kato Tsubusa (加藤委) (b. 1962). Artists such as Fukami Sueharu, Masamichi Yoshikawa, and Kato Tsubusa also produce abstract pieces, and their works are part of a number of national and international museum collections.[30] Kato Tsubusa works with kaolin from New Zealand.[31] Thai celadon[edit] Main article: Sangkhalok ceramic ware Thai ceramics
Thai ceramics
has its own tradition of greenware production. Medieval Thai wares were initially influenced by Chinese greenware, but went on to develop its own unique style and technique. One of the most famous kilns during the Sukhothai Kingdom
Sukhothai Kingdom
were at S(r)i Satchanalai, around Si Satchanalai District
Si Satchanalai District
and Sawankhalok District
Sawankhalok District
in Sukhothai Province, north-central Thailand. Production started in the 13th century CE and continued until the 16th century. The art reached its apex in the 14th century.[32]

Bowl with incised peony designs, Sri Satchanalai, 15th century

Bottle with two shoulder lugs, Sawankhalok, 15th century

Others[edit]

Ceramic
Ceramic
ware covered with celadon glaze, by Wanda Golakowska, Poland, 2nd half of 20th century

Outside of Asia a number of artists also worked with greenware to varying degrees of success in regards to purity and quality. One of the modern artists in Poland was Wanda Golakowska (1901-1975), whose works are part of the collection of the National Museum, Warsaw
National Museum, Warsaw
and National Museum, Kraków
National Museum, Kraków
amongst others. Notes[edit]

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Celadon
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References[edit]

Gompertz, G.St.G.M., Chinese Celadon
Celadon
Wares, 1980 (2nd edn.), Faber & Faber, ISBN 0571180035

Further reading[edit]

Korean art from the Gompertz and other collections in the Fitzwilliam Museum, by Yong-i Yun, Regina Krahl

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