Fantastic Elements in The Porcelain Doll
– Fantastic Elements in The Porcelain Doll Although “The Porcelain Doll” is found in an anthology of Magical Realist literature, one may wonder if the story is a true example of Magical Realism. Written in 1863 by the Russian Leo Tolstoy, “The Porcelain Doll” was a letter that is now treated as a short story. After analyzing Tolstoy’s story, a reader may see that “The Porcelain Doll” is not a true example of Magical Realism but rather a possible example of the Fantastic. In order for a story to be considered a Magical Realist text, it must contain both magical elements and realistic elements (Flores 112)…. ;
Defining the Boundaries of Magical Realism in The Porcelain Doll
– Defining the Boundaries of Magical Realism in The Porcelain Doll Scholars have debated the defining characteristics of Magical Realism since its infancy as an emerging art form in the early twentieth century. From Franz Roh, the art critic who coined the term Magical Realism, to contemporary leading scholars such as Amaryll Chanady, a myriad of confusion has surrounded this term. In an effort to narrow the defining boundaries of what constitutes Magical Realism, short stories labeled as Magical Realism can be examined for their degree of adherence to the cardinal characteristics most scholars attribute to Magical Realism…. ;
Museum Report Porcelain of Korea & China
– Walking through the Museum Store doors of the Pacific Asia Museum and past the Mosher Gallery, viewers will find themselves surrounded by beautiful porcelain wares from earlier civilizations of Korea and also China. It is elaborated in the article, Global China: Material Culture and Connections in World History: ” The significance of porcelain for the study of world history is due in part to its unique physical properties. Fired at very high temperatures, porcelains can withstand the ravages of time and nature, surviving for centuries to tell their stories, regardless of the seas or soils in which they are submerged and which quickly destroy items of cotton, silk, wood, and paper….
Maria Martinez and Her Pueblo Pottery
– Maria Martinez and Her Pueblo Pottery One of the most well known figures of the twentieth century pottery world is Maria Martinez. Maria Martinez is a Pueblo Indian part of the San Ildefondo tribe. Pueblo pottery from the American Southwest holds a unique place in ceramic art forms of American art. It is full of age-old tradition and culture handed down form family members and potters of the past. The old Pueblo ways of creating it still hold true today and have not been changed or influenced like so many other styles in modern times….
Clays and Pottery
– Clays and Pottery Ceramicists, working either on a wheel or building by hand, define three main classes of clay bodies or mixtures: earthenware, stoneware, and porcelain. These are divided on the basis of firing temperatures and the character (hardness, vitrification and durability) of the final material. Each clay body is composed of a mixture of clay minerals and other materials such as sand or fine gravel and “fluxing” agents which affect the color and texture when fired. Instead of discussing clays solely in terms of their chemical formulae, determined by x-ray diffraction, potters group clays into classes based on more general properties of the entire clay body, such as texture and col…