Miaoli Ceramics Museum

Characteristics of the museum collections
There are thousands of cultural and historical ceramic works regarding Miaoli history, culture, and lifestyle in Miaoli Ceramics Museum. The themes inside the hall include Home of Ceramics: Miaoli, Life of the Old Master, Ceramics in Miaoli, Urn and Decorative Ceramics, Kilns in Miaoli, Traditional Ceramic Techniques and Modern Wood Burning. In short, the Museum presents the essence of ceramic culture of Miaoli for the last century and displays the simplicity, abundance and diversity of ceramics in Miaoli.


*Home of Ceramics: Miaolii
Walking into Miaoli Ceramics Museum, there is a hallway introducing Taiwan's ceramics history, listing the development of ceramic industry in different areas on this island, such as Yingge, Beitou, Hsinchu, Miaoli, Shalu, Nantou, Chiayi, and Tainan.

Life of the Old Master

*Life of the Old Master
The diligence and commitment of the old masters is the main reason behind the vitality of ceramics in Miaoli. It does not matter whether these old ceramic makers were "Masters from Fuzhou", "The Ten Brothers", "Local Pottery Makers" or "Pottery Makers from Dajia" because their devotion and commitment have illustrated their importance in the history of pottery and ceramics in Miaoli.


Ceramics in Miaoli
*Ceramics in Miaoli
Beautiful ceramic artworks are presented inside the display windows. All the wine urns are placed in order, creating an artistic wall.
Vats and Wine urns
There are clear patterns shown on Miaoli's water vats. The concentric circles on the vats (also called Asian melastome patterns) demonstrate the diligence of the Hakka people .
The good-quality and heat-resistant features of Miaoli's soil make it the ideal choice to produce wine urns with hard texture and even cracks.
Decorative Ceramics
Miaoli is known as the biggest island-wide production area for decorative ceramics.The Japanese introduced manufacturing techniques, materials, and facilities in 1970 to manufacture in mass production. Since the ceramic products are mainly exported to America, Canada, Germany, and England, most of the products focus on western styles. There are also some ceramic dolls presenting Taiwan's characteristics to amaze all the visitors.


Traditional Ceramic Techniques
*Traditional Ceramic Techniques
With abundant and outstanding-quality clay, Miaoli is renowned for manufacturing ceramic products with its professional techniques. This area displays old ceramics-making tools used by masters in the past.


Modern Wood Burning
*Modern Wood Burning
With a little fancy glaze and dazzling colors, the ceramic products in Miaoli manages to preserve Hakka people's diligent and frugal styles, with a focus on the most essential features of ceramics, 'close-to-life' and 'simplicity'.
'Wood burning' actually refers to ceramic products made with wood as the fuel. A little glaze is applied and fire from the firewood will leave the 'trace of fire' on the ceramic products. At the same time, the ashes will also fall on the ceramic body to form the natural 'ash glaze'. The interaction of fire and soil creates the unique and unsophisticated style of 'wood burning' work.


Kilns in Miaoli
*Kilns in Miaoli
There are a variety of kilns, including square kilns, snake kilns, climbing kilns, and Hoffman kilns based on their shapes. Each kiln has its distinctive feature and functions. The smaller-sized models of different kilns are displayed in the exhibition area.

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