TAASA NSW CERAMICS STUDY GROUP – TAASA Review June 2019
12 February 2019 Animal Magic Animal motifs on ceramics proved very popular as evidenced by the large group of members who attended the first meeting of the year.
Our first panellist, John Yu, focused on S.E Asia, beginning with two delightful Thai Sawankhalok (15th-16th c) mythical hamsas or geese which are regarded as semidivine, so often seen on roof tops. Ann Proctor discussed contemporary examples from India and Vietnam.
A stoneware pig potted by Vietnamese artist, Nguyen Trong Doan and a round jar by Nguyen Khac Quan with a snake etched over its surface indicate the continuing importance of animal decoration. Finally, Jackie Menzies, concentrated on East Asian examples such as a yellow-glazed sherd dating from the Hongxian (c.1916) period with nine, finely-drawn, multi-coloured dragons entwined around the exterior...