In 2014 the Laboratory, in collaboration with
the Sichuan Provincial Institute of Cultural Relics and
Archeology in Chengdu, China, began a series of field investigations to
survey the remaining traditional pottery workshops of Sichuan Province.
Observations, interviews, and collection of raw materials and products
for laboratory study has included many workshops throughout the
province. A startling discovery in Yingjing (荥经县) and Gaoxian (高县) was
an unusual material (a clay-coal cinder composite) not previously known
to exist in China or anywhere else in the world. The firing process
and kiln design are also unique and not previously documented. The most
recent fieldwork on this project occurred in Fall of 2017. A paper
detailing field and laboratory research results was published in a
journal of the Materials Research Society:
Chandra L. Reedy, Pamela B. Vandiver, Ting He, Ying Xu, and Yanyu Wang.2017. Research into Coal-clay Composite Ceramics of Sichuan Province, China. MRS Advances, 2(37-38): 2043-2079.
Funding: National Science Foundation grant #1339530; U.D. Center for Global and Area Studies; Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research
Project Participants: University of Delaware (Chandra L. Reedy, Ying Xu); Sichuan Provincial Institute of Cultural Relics and Archeology (Gao Dalun, He Ting, Wang Yangyu), University of Arizona (Pamela B. Vandiver)