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Ceramics is one of the most ancient industries on the planet. Once humans discovered that clay could be dug up and formed into objects by first mixing it with water and then firing, the industry was born. As early as 24,000 BC, animal and human figures were made from clay, fired in primitive kilns partially dug in the ground.

About 10,000 years later, as settled communities were established, tiles were made in Mesopotamia and India. The first use of functional potter vessels for storing water and foods and clay bricks are thought to be around 9,000 - 10,000 BC.

The Chinese started making ceramic pottery as early as 3500 BC. By the time of the Tang dynasty, which began in 618 CE, there were many different colors of glazes being used. The Tang dynasty also saw the development of the first true porcelain. During the two dynasties that followed, the Sung and the Yuan, the making of porcelain became an art form.

Asian pottery and ceramics of all sorts can be found within the collection. Antique ceramics and ceramic arts have been brought in from all parts of the world. Antique pots and vessels have been excavated from ancient sites and from underwater recoveries. These unique finds are in extremely limited and rarely available.

Anaware Bowl

Anaware bowl, Philippines

Annamese Ceramic Jar

Annamese jar, Annam, 17th century, 15" x 11".

Ban Chiang Earthenware Jar

Excavated Ban Chiang kiln earthenware jar,

Ban Chiang Vessel

Ban Chiang storage jar, 500BC

Bat Trang Vase

Bat Trang vase, Vietnam

Brown Annamese Storage Jar

Dark brown storage jar w/ 4 earlets, Annamese ware. 15" ...

Brown Glazed Ceramic Pig

Brown glazed ceramic pig motif coin bank, China

Buddhist Pagoda Plaque

Green glazed Buddhist pagoda tile, Kalong, Thailand. ...

Burkina Faso Storage Vessel

Burkina Faso jar, 36" dia. x 24" tall

Butterfly Wall Vase

Butterfly wall vase, China, 20th century.

Cambodian Bowl

Celadon glazed bowl w/ blue underglaze

Celadon Bowl

Incised celadon bowl, 14th - 16th century copy, Thailand

Celadon bowl

Marine recovered celadon bowl, Zimbales, P.I.'s Sankampaeng ...

Ceramic Buddha

Ceramic Buddha on lotus throne, Sawankholok kilns, lotus ...

Ceramic Horse and Rider

Ceramic horse and rider figure, Thailand

Ceramic Lime Pot

Ceramic lime pot (for betel nut chewing). Vietnam ...

Ceramic Monkey Effigy

Ceramic burial figure, Kalong, Thailand.

Chinese Ceramic Jar

Ceramic storage jar, Ching dynasty, China, 31" x 23" x ...

Chinese Ming Dynasty Jar

Blue glazed ceramic jar, China, Ming dynasty, 12" tall x ...

Cizhou Wine Jar

Cizhou-ware wine storage jar, China, late Ming dynasty

Cobalt Blue Vase

Cobalt blue porcelain jar, China, Kangxi period

Decorative Ceramic Storage Jar

Decorative ceramic storage jar with dragon motif design, ...


From recent river excavations, late Dong Son period, N. ...


Earthenware "soro" bull vessel. Peru, late 1800s, 4" high x ...

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