This project was a collaboration with the Key Scientific Research Base of Ancient Ceramics
(The Palace Museum), State Administration of Cultural Heritage, People’s Republic
of China. Thin sections of Song Dynasty sherds from Ru, Jun, Ding, and Guan ceramics were studied by both traditional thin-section petrography methods and by digital image analysis. Using a combination of qualitative and quantitative data, the aim was to clarify some issues regarding production technology. By carefully examining the technical progression of under fired, correctly-fired adequate quality, correctly-fired high quality, and over fired sherds, we can identify methods and intent of the craftsmen. Results were presented at an international conference in Fall, 2015, at the Forbidden City, and published in the symposium volume:
Chandra L. Reedy. 2016. Petrographic and Image Analysis of Thin Sections of Classic Wares of Song Dynasty. In: Proceedings of International Symposium on Science and Technology of Five Great Wares of the Song Dynasty, edited by Ningchang Shi and Jianmin Miao. Beijing: Science Press, pp. 381-390.
Funding: Key Scientific Research Base of Ancient Ceramics
(The Palace Museum), State Administration of Cultural Heritage, People’s
Republic of China