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Research into Coal-Clay Composite Ceramics of Sichuan Province, China

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  09 April 2017

Chandra L. Reedy*
Affiliation:
Laboratory for Analysis of Cultural Materials, Center for Historic Architecture and Design, University of Delaware, Newark, DE 19716, U.S.A.
Pamela B. Vandiver
Affiliation:
Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, USA
Ting He
Affiliation:
Sichuan Provincial Institute of Cultural Relics and Archeology, Chengdu, China
Ying Xu
Affiliation:
Laboratory for Analysis of Cultural Materials, Center for Historic Architecture and Design, University of Delaware, Newark, DE 19716, U.S.A.
Yanyu Wang
Affiliation:
Sichuan Provincial Institute of Cultural Relics and Archeology, Chengdu, China
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*(Email: clreedy@udel.edu)
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Abstract

A group of traditional pottery workshops in Sichuan Province, China, produce a unique coal-clay composite ceramic that is fired using a similarly unique kiln design and two-stage firing procedure not seen in any other ceramic tradition. Here we report on field and laboratory efforts to better understand this unusual ceramic material and technology, the functional advantages as cookware, braziers, and large storage vessels that include high strength and high thermal shock resistance, and the cultural context that supported the creativity and experimentation needed to develop such an innovative technology.

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