Ewer in the Form of a Melon
, 12th century
Porcellaneous stoneware with celadon glaze
6 1/4 x 6 inches (15.9 x 15.2 cm)
Gift of Colonel Stephen McCormick, 1998
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- Does the shape of this vessel remind you of a fruit or vegetable? Which one?
- How would you describe the color
of the wine ewer? Where is the color darker? Where is it lighter?
- How was this vessel used? Who used it?
- What might the tiny loop on top of the handle and on top of the lid
be used for?
Art Activity: Celebrating Fruit
Korean potters found their inspiration from nature. They did not have refrigerators or world
trade, so when a special fruit came into season—like the melon this pot resembles—it
was a great cause for celebration. Have students bring in their favorite fruits for a celebration.
Students should use watercolors or color pencils to paint or draw their fruit in full color. Hang
the drawings in the classroom. Then make a fruit salad for all to share. The whole fruits will
be preserved in the student drawings, just as the melon in this small wine ewer was preserved
by the Korean potter.
Group Activity: Visit a Local Ceramic Artist or Studio
Sometimes research cannot be done in
books. Seeing a ceramic artist in action
in his or her studio is a great research
activity. Have your students research if
there is a ceramic studio or artist in your
town. Will that company or person let
you visit? Before the visit, have students
make a list of questions to ask. They may
have more questions once they arrive and
see the process of transforming a wet
piece of earth into a work of art. After
your visit, write a group article for the
school newspaper about how clay, in the
hands of a ceramist, turns into something
beautiful. Remember to send the artist a
copy of the article!