Kaitlin Hao ’21 explores how three historical vessels bring us into the worlds that created them, along with their legacies and their sense of the world yet to come.
First, she will discuss a ritual food vessel made in China in the 11th or 10 century BCE. She will then turn to a stoneware storage jar by David Drake, also known as Dave the Potter, an enslaved Black man in antebellum South Carolina. And finally, she will take a look at a Bauhaus teapot designed by Wilhelm Wagenfeld in Germany in 1924–25. Along the way, she will talk about cosmology, trade and violence, and intersections of art and industrialization.