Category Archives: History

The history of urns.

Mayan Burial Urns

Of all the ancient cultures of the Americas the Mayan civilization holds some of the greatest fascination for current times. The  Mayans had an advanced culture, making intellectual advances in almost all cultural and technological fields including the visual arts, … Continue reading

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Etruscan Funerary Ceramics

The Etruscans had a long history in central Italy rich in the arts. Their origins are lost in prehistory but this civilization endured from the time of the earliest Etruscan inscriptions (ca. 700 BC) until its assimilation into the Roman … Continue reading

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Raku: A Brief History

 Black Raku tea bowl named “Omokage” by the first Raku master Chojiro ( _ – 1589) Raku as we know it today in America is very different from the Raku of it's origins in Japan. The process shares some basic … Continue reading

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Ancient Urns from the Amazon

South America has an incredibly rich ceramic history. The number of cultures with distinct ceramic traditions over the last several millinia is truly staggering: Chavin, Moche, Tiwanaku, Huari, Inca, Teotihuacan, just to name a few. Since ceramics were an integral … Continue reading

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Prehistoric Chinese Ceramics

Asian ceramic traditions are vast and complex, extending far back in time. Geographically the Asian continent itself is broken down into six major areas and each of these areas include many different ceramic traditions. The area of East Asia is … Continue reading

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An Introduction to the History of Ceramic Cremation Urns

Ceramics has a vast and ancient history. Throughout much of that history people have been creating vessels and other works to use for funeral ceremonies. Many of these vessels were used to hold the remains after cremation, others were used … Continue reading

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