Lost at Sea – Shipwreck Ceramics

Friday, February 26, 2016

In the last several decades, the ocean floors in Southeast Asia have yielded a new category of sunken treasures – antique ceramics. Since ancient times cargo ships traveled along the maritime silk route, trading a variety of commodities including ceramics. When these ships met ill-fated ends, most of the cargo was destroyed in the sea but many high-fired vessels survived undamaged, waiting hundreds of years to be discovered once more....

Quenching the Soul – Indonesian Kendi Water Vessels

Monday, August 10, 2015

To honor the sacredness of water in Indonesia, rituals vessels called kendi have been used for centuries. Some are designed with symbolic motifs for good fortune, fertility and prosperity, and all are uniquely handcrafted and possess distinct characters. Their natural tones and pleasing curves have made them highly sought after objects for designers and collectors alike....

Nature's Time Capsule – Chucu Tablets

Friday, March 13, 2015

Chucu tablets, ritually broken and painted, were discovered deep in the mountainside caves of Arequipa, Peru. Hardly anything is known about these artifacts except that the dots most likely depicted rain and the tablets were offerings to the God of Water. These tablets, like many other artifacts that provide clues about people who came before us, were preserved by the dry, constant atmospheres of caves – nature's version of a time capsule...

Re-inventing a Lost Art – Mata Ortiz Pottery

Friday, August 01, 2014

The story of Mata Ortiz pottery is one of rediscovery. Pottery was a lost art form when Juan Quezada found fragments of pre-Hispanic pots in the mountains and decided to bring the art back to life. Not only did he succeed, he incorporated his original contemporary elements into the ancient style and shared his incredible skills with the rest of the village...

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