TAASA CERAMICS STUDY GROUP An Exploration of Ly and Tran Dynasty Ceramics (1009-1400) in Historical Context 11 March 2014 Authority on Vietnamese arts, Kerry Nguyen-Long, focussed on the ceramics from this period, little researched until recently. Ly and Tran ceramics were composed of finetextured white clays, their warm white, pearl grey and cream colours resulting from thin, ash glazes. Greenish or iron brown wash wares decorated with sgraffito designs were also typical. – TAASA Review June 2014
Her talk outlined the ways in which Buddhist and Champa kingdom influences are evident in Ly Dynasty ritual ceramic shapes and iconography.
The Tran Dynasty essentially continued the arts of the Ly, however ceramic export trade was stimulated by restrictions on Chinese trade, exposing Viet potters to new influences and resulting in new designs on monochrome celadon green and brown wares.
Free-hand brush painted decoration and blue and white wares followed...