Taiwan's indigenous pottery

  • 25 August, 2018
  • John Van Trieste
Curious John

Taiwan’s indigenous peoples have a long history of shaping clay into objects of beauty. Different groups have long crafted everything from practical everyday wares to objects of strong cultural importance. The story of indigenous pottery in Taiwan is one that’s still ongoing thanks to a revival of traditional forms and the work of contemporary artists looking to take their ancestors’ pottery in new directions. This whole wealth of pottery creations, from traditional to contemporary, has been on the road for close to a year in a traveling exhibit that’s made its way to three museums. It’s now in its final weeks at the National Museum of Prehistory in the southeastern city of Taitung. Here to introduce this exhibit is its organizer and curator, Professor Wang Yu-hsin.