For some people, a vase is just a glorified bin, something that just stands there waiting for you to accidentally knock down and break. But, for many cultures, the vase is a symbol for the Great Mother, it is something that contains the cosmic waters, the life source, it stands for acceptance, fertility and harmony.
But, what I want to talk to you about is the impact that all the different types of vases can have on the space and the energy of your home, specifically antique Asian vases. So, it’ time to get high on pottery (pun intended).
There is a wide range of Asian vases for sale, varying in materials, patterns, shapes, sizes, and there are also vases with different functionality such as flower vases, incense burners, brush pots and so on. With all this great variety of vases for sale, you will most certainly find the one that perfectly suits your style and complements your interior design.
For thousands of years, Asian pottery masters have been perfecting the art using materials like bronze, jade, porcelain, iron, even wood. They have been decorating their creations with different styles ranging from abstract patterns to intricate descriptions of scenes from everyday life, nature, dragons, spiritual figures, and so on.
Although the term “Asian vase” may include pottery from many different countries, the most common points of origin are China, Japan, Thailand, and Korea and they all have their own unique features.
With over 45 centuries of records, China is a country with a very long history, but what’s most interesting is the fact that over this entire span, ceramic work and pottery have been an integral part of their artistic culture. However, there are some dynasties such as the well-known Ming Dynasty and the Song Dynasty, that made very important contributions in this field. Some of them include the popular white and blue porcelain, the green glazed pottery and the whiteware ceramics.
Korean vases and pottery on the other hand, although not as popular as Chinese, also has to offer products in a large variety of styles which are highly valued throughout the world. One of the more popular styles among Korean vases is a white glazing called baekja porcelain. Though it has its roots in Chinese design, it is distinguishable by its much simpler colour and shape.
Ceramics and pottery were also a very important part of Japanese history. They first appeared in the Neolithic period and some of the traditional techniques are still practiced today by Japanese artisans. Despite their ancient roots, Japanese vases were greatly inspired by Chinese and Korean tradition, but still have unique features in their final appearance.
Thailand’s most popular type of pottery known as Benjarong was also influenced by China. It involves a five colour technique, and each must be applied separately which means that the process is very labor intensive and these are some of the more expensive Asian vases.
There really is an enormous variety of Asian vases to choose from and it can be a bit overwhelming. My advice is to take your time and do a little online research so you can make your shopping process much easier.