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Huangdao black ware jar with white splashes

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Glossary (4)

glaze, luted, slip, stoneware

  • glaze

    Vitreous coating applied to the surface of a ceramic to make it impermeable or for decorative effect.

  • luted

    The fusion of parts of ceramics using dilute clay slip.

  • slip

    A semi-fluid clay applied to a ceramic before glazing either to coat the surface or for decorative effect.

  • stoneware

    Ceramic material made of clay which is fired to a temperature of c.1200-1300⁰c and is often buff or grey in colour.


    • currently in research collection

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  • The Barlow Collection by the University of Sussex

    The Barlow Collection

    The oval jar rests on a splayed solid foot with flat base, and has a short waisted neck with outward curved rim, flanked by two small, double-stranded loop handles. The coarse, buff stoneware is covered with a thick, matt dark brown glaze, which ends above the foot, leaving the lowest part and base in the biscuit, except where accidental streaks of glaze have run down. Both sides are decorated with thick opaque splashes of milky-beige glaze, brushed on in curved movements and with streaks wiped away again to create a contrasting effect, with two further dots at the rim near the handles. The biscuit has fired a dark reddish brown on the outside and part of the base, while most of the base has turned buff.

    For a black-glazed jar of different form with very similarly applied splashes, from the Huangdao kilns in Jiaxian, Henan province, see Zhao Qingyun, Henan taoci shi [History of Henan ceramics], Beijing, 1993, pl.60.

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