Technological Variations and the Artist’s Intention: Chinese Southern Song Guan Ware Case Study

By Meili Yang.

Published by The International Journal of Arts Theory and History

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Using scientific techniques, certain technological variations, such as composition data, component species and microstructure, actually provide abundant information not only related to manufacturing technology, but also potters’ potential, capability, and even limitation in representing their intent for the final product. In terms of reviewing the detailed technological choices, modifications and even challenges, the researcher searches for the artist’s intention for the entire creating process. The present study analyzes technological variations appearing in Chinese Southern Song Guan (SSG) imperial shards to gain insights into the imperial potters’ intent for their famous SSG ware.

Keywords: Artist Intention, Imperial Potter, Technological Variation, Southern Song Guan Ware, China

The International Journal of Arts Theory and History, Volume 7, Issue 1, pp.127-142. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.386MB).

Prof. Meili Yang

Professor, Center for General Education and Core Curriculum, National Tsing Hua University, Taipei, Taiwan

Meili Yang served as a senior curator in the Department of Antiquities in the National Palace Museum at Taipei from 1983–2007, and is teaching ‘History of Chinese Crafts and Decorative Arts’ in National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan. She is always interested in using scientific methods to advance aiding Chinese art history, archaeology and ancient culture studies, as well as museum conservation.