Research into Coal-Clay Composite Ceramics of Sichuan Province, China

Chandra L. Reedy, Pamela B. Vandiver, Ting He, Ying Xu, Yanyu Wang

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A group of traditional pottery workshops in Sichuan Province, China, produce a unique coal-clay composite ceramic that is fired using a similarly unique kiln design and two-stage firing procedure not seen in any other ceramic tradition. Here we report on field and laboratory efforts to better understand this unusual ceramic material and technology, the functional advantages as cookware, braziers, and large storage vessels that include high strength and high thermal shock resistance, and the cultural context that supported the creativity and experimentation needed to develop such an innovative technology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2043-2079
Number of pages37
JournalMRS Advances
Issue number37-38
StatePublished - 2017


  • ceramic
  • coal
  • microstructure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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