Chinese Ceramics – A Hong Kong Perspective

A series of free online lectures


The Oriental Ceramic Society in Hong Kong have kindly invited our members to join a series of lectures starting this Thursday, 5th November.  The lectures will be given by Prof. Peter Y. K. Lam, Honorary Fellow, Institute of Chinese Studies, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Before his retirement in 2013 he had been with the Art Museum of the Chinese University for four decades and was its Director for fourteen of those years.


The OCSHK is excited to announce this six-part lecture series by Prof. Peter Y. K. Lam introducing the history of Chinese ceramics through archaeological sites in Hong Kong. This unique and informative series aims to introduce members to common terminology, vessel forms as well as to the connoisseurship of ceramics through artefacts excavated in Hong Kong. Conducted in plain language comprehensible to the layman, the series will also appeal to scholars, archaeologists, collectors and lovers of Chinese art.


The lectures will be streamed via Teams and no booking is necessary.  They will start at 11:00 UK GMT


1.  Nov 5, 7:00 PM (HKT): Introduction to Chinese ceramics and early traditions
Definitions of some technical terms and jargon in Chinese ceramic art, general development of ceramics in China over the millennia, methodology in the study and connoisseurship of Chinese ceramics. 


2.  Nov 12, 7:00 PM (HKT): Han ceramics including the Li Cheng Uk Tomb finds and related issues
Introduction to ceramic industry in China during the Han period, local traditions, Han sites and burials in HK


3.  Nov 19, 7:00 PM (HKT): Late Song to Yuan Ceramic Finds in Kowloon Bay (To Kwa Wan MTR site)
Song and Yuan sites in HK focusing on the recent finds from Kowloon Bay, and their connections with the last Emperors of Song and overseas trade.


4.  Nov 26, 7:00 PM (HKT): Penny’s Bay Finds in Lantau Island (Ming finds at Disneyland site)
Massive quantities of Ming ceramic finds had been discovered at Penny’s Bay prior to the construction of the Disneyland. The ceramic types (some from SE Asia), their dating as well as significance and function of the site will be discussed.


5.  Dec 3, 7:00 PM (HKT): Made in Hong Kong – the Tai Po Wun Yiu kilnsite
The site, known to locals and students for decades, had been responsible for the firing of blue and white porcelain since the 17th Century. Type-forms, dating and kiln site activity remains will be discussed.


6.  TBC: Detecting the Fakes – Dating of Chinese Ceramics (Requires registration)
From very early in the history of collecting Chinese antiquities, fakes and forgeries have existed. But the situation has become worse in recent years, following the opening-up of China and the escalation of prices of good collectors’ items. This lecture will discuss practical methods for dealing with these fakes.  (This final lecture will be presented at a meeting once social distancing measures have been lifted.)


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