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Dragons & Fantastic Beasts

Did you know that the Chinese invented porcelain for making vessels and other objects?  They kept the recipe secret for almost 900 years before the mystery was discovered in Europe.

  • Links: Visual Arts, Science and Technology, Heritage and Identity
  • Studio Project: Dragons

A guided tour followed by a hands-on workshop in the studio.

Full day program: Students will learn about Chinese culture including Chinese New Year and investigate Chinese contributions to world culture and trade routes. In the afternoon, students will take part in a hands-on clay workshop.


Program Details

$15*Full-Day Program
$9*Half-Day Program
$7Guided Tour
Free**Unguided Tour

* Optional $3 kiln firing fee. Firing takes 10 to 14 business days. Please add a $5 processing fee per group.

** Registration required, please fill out the form by clicking “Book a Visit” button below.

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1. Dish with Five-Clawed Dragon
China, Jingdezhen, Qing dynasty, Kangxi mark and period (1662-1722)
Hard-paste porcelain with underglaze blue
The Robert Murray Bell and Ann Walker Bell Collection of Chinese Blue and White Porcelain, G99.10.9

2. Seated Drummer, Tala-Tonalá style
Mexico, Jalisco
300 B.C. - A.D. 200
Earthenware with white on red slip paint
Gift of George and Helen Gardiner, G83.1.56

3. Shaman’s Head (II), 2006, Gift of the Museum of Inuit Art G16.13.8