Ceramics in Mainland Southeast Asia

Workers transport coffeepots from a workshop to a kiln to be fired. An opaque coating of raw glaze hides the hand-painted blue decoration, which will be revealed when the firing melts the glaze to a glassy transparent coating. Bat Trang, Gia Lam district, Hanoi, Vietnam, 1990. Photograph by Louise Allison Cort.


Thanks go to colleagues Ann C. Gunter, Head of Scholarly Publications and Programs and Jeffrey Smith, Assistant Registrar for Collections Information, for their encouragement and guidance in entering this new domain of publishing. Director Julian Raby supported the idea from its earliest mention.

Thanks also go to John Tsantes, Robert Harrell, and Neil Greentree, Image and Photography Services; Rocky Korr, Tim Kirk, and Susan Kitsoulis, Collections Management; Ellen Chase and Kerith Koss, Conservation and Scientific Research; and Jeffrey Cunard, Freer and Sackler Board of Trustees. Many other staff colleagues assisted as well, and we gratefully acknowledge them.

We received invaluable aid and advice from many people in the larger scholarly community worldwide, and their contributions are recognized in relevant sections of the text.

This catalogue is dedicated to the Hauge family—and to Victor and Takako Hauge in particular—in gratitude for entrusting their collection to the Sackler Gallery and for supporting its documentation and publication. Their love of the ceramics of Southeast Asia is an enduring inspiration.