Ceramics Oral Report Project This assignment is designed to stimulate a deeper interest in ceramics by focusing on one aspect from the vast history of ceramics. This history is a fascinating cross-cultural development of arts and culture, as materials and secret technologies were traded across the Silk Road for thousands of years and driving economies across ocean trade routes beginning in the 16th C. The desire for beautiful and functional ceramic artworks has driven this quest: To build shrines and statuary for religious ceremony To map geologic exploration for clay and glaze materials To develop chemistry in the glazes To develop effective kiln technology To develop durable architectural materials for interior and exterior application To produce affordable functional mass-produced tableware To produce highly durable material for laboratory, medical and hygiene implementation. In the 20th and 21st Centuries, ceramic technologies serve a promise for great future development in Space Age technologies as well as electronics to computer technologies. The Oral Report Project can be researched and presented by a team of students, or individually (allow 2-3 minutes per person). You may choose to visit a site to examine antiquities from Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East, or the Americas at the Seattle Asian Art Museum in Volunteer Park on Capitol Hill or at the Seattle Art Museum in downtown Seattle. You may also consider visiting a crafts Gallery or private studio. Photographs are not allowed in the museums and most galleries. Visual images can be borrowed from the SPU Library books or periodicals, Inter-net resources or actual examples of pottery. Some research questions to address on your topic: 1. What type of clay was used? 2. What technique was used of forming the object: hand, 3. potter’s wheel, or slip-cast? 4. If there is surface decoration, how is this achieved? 5. What type of glaze is applied? 6. What type of kiln, fuel and length of firing? 7. Is the work functional or decorative? 8. How is the item marketed? Suggestions for possible topics: Ancient or traditional potters Classical styles of pottery The Americas: Anasazi, Arizona USA Aztec, Mexico Mochican Peru Rookwood, Ohio, USA Asia: Jomon Period, Japan Porcelain development, China Middle East: Biblical Period Potter Tablets of clay Glaze Development, Persia Africa: Egyptian Paste Invention of the potter’s wheel Europe: Ancient Roman, Greek Salt glazing, Germany Sevres porcelain, France Wedgewood Pottery, England Maiolica, Portugal, Spain, Italy, France Contemporary Potters and Sculptors Shoji Hamada, Japan Bernard Leach, England Peter Volkos, USA Lucie Rie, Sweden Patty Warashina, USA Technology Kilns: pit, raku, saggar, wood, electric, gas Glaze: high temperature, low-temperature, over-glaze, salt, crystal High technology/ Space Age ceramics Clay in architecture, Tiles Kohler Porcelain Written Paper Option-If one is unable to make the written paper deadline, a 2 page paper with visuals and resource included will be accepted.