SOAS University of London

Brunei Gallery, SOAS University of London

The World In Monochromes

An Oriental Ceramic Society Exhibition
16 April – 20 June 2009

This is the third in the series of exhibitions of ceramics, from the collections of members of the Oriental Ceramic Society, which have approached the subject of Asian ceramics from the point of view of their decorative techniques. The first exhibition entitled The World in Blue and White was shown in London, Bath and Glasgow in 2003, and this was followed in 2006 by The World in Colours, held at the Brunei Gallery. The 2009 exhibition, The World in Monochromes, completes the trilogy. This will also be held at the Brunei Gallery, School of Oriental and African Studies, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H OXG. Admission to the exhibition is free of charge.

This exhibition seeks to show the beauty, amazing diversity and technical accomplishment of ceramics displaying a single colour. From brilliant ‘imperial’ yellow to subtle celadon green, the production of these monochrome colours presented challenges to the potters. The exhibition will be a testament to their creative and technical skills, and will indicate the development of certain glaze colours, the inter-relationship between craftsmen in different parts of Asia, and the inspiration their work provided for potters in the West.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a full-colour catalogue and a one-day symposium on the topic on Thursday, 18th June.

Further information will be posted on the OCS website (, as it becomes available.