Dr Nigel Wood

Emeritus Professor

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Professor Nigel Wood, PhD, has been an active researcher into the history and technology of ceramics since the late 1970s, specialising in Far Eastern wares. He trained at the WSCAD Farnham, and in traditional English country potteries. From 1973-84 he worked full-time making stoneware, terra-cotta and porcelain at his own workshop in Hampshire.

He has taught variously at Central St Martins, London, Sothebys Educational Studies, The Percival David Foundation of Chinese Art, London, and at universities in Norway, the Netherlands, Switzerland and the USA. Since 1989 he has taught part-time at the Royal College of Art, where he is now a Visiting Tutor, supervising research students in ceramics. In 2002 he became an Honorary FRCA, and an FRSA in 2003.

He joined the University of Westminster in 1995 and became a professor in 2003. In 1997 he was appointed as a Visiting Research Fellow at Oxford University, where he is now an Honorary Research Associate. In 2000 he was awarded a Senior Research Fellowship by the British Academy/Leverhulme Trust, and from 1997 to 2004 he worked as a researcher and author for the Needham Research Institute, Cambridge. His two major books, Science and Civilisation in China Vol. V part 12(2004, co-written with Ms Rose Kerr), and Chinese Glazes(1999 & 2007) were rated Outstanding Academic Titles by Choice magazine.

Museum collaboration

Ashmolean Museum, Oxford (Chinese and Islamic ceramics); V&A, London (Chinese and Islamic ceramics);

Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge (Korean ceramics); Palace Museum, Beijing (Chinese ceramics)

Awards

  • Funding for work on the Science and Civilisation in China Volume).Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation, Taiwan, 1998.
  • Senior Research Fellowship from the British Academy/Leverhulme Trust (2000-2001)

PhD Supervision

  • Research supervisor at the Royal College of Art, London. All candidates completed successfully (2 MPhils and 2 PhDs).
  • Examined 1 PhD at the University of Queensland, Australia, (Dr Li Baoping)

My prime research interests have been in the technology and history of East Asian ceramics, glass, and cast-bronze, often in collaboration with national museums. An important aspect of this work has been relating the geological history of East Asia to its ceramic and bronze production. A major recent project has been the research for, and the writing of, Joseph Needham: Science and Civilisation in China Volume 5, part 12: Ceramic Technology in collaboration with Ms Rose Kerr (CUP 2004, 920 pp). Another recent study has concerned analysis of 9 th C AD blue and white wares from Basra (lower Iraq), and their comparison with 8 th C blue and white sancai wares made in China. Current research at Oxford concerns the use of cobalt ores throughout history, in both the fine and the applied arts; the influence of Chinese ceramics on Iraqi wares of the 9 th C AD; and understanding the effects of deforestation on Chinas medieval ceramics industries.

2009

Chinese treasures (2009)
Wood, N. 2009. Chinese treasures. Ceramic Review. 240, pp. 52-53.

2007

A technological examination of ninth-tenth century AD Abbasid blue-and-white ware from Iraq, and its comparison with eighth century AD Chinese blue-and-white Sancai ware (2007)
Wood, N., Tite, M., Doherty, C. and Gilmore, B. 2007. A technological examination of ninth-tenth century AD Abbasid blue-and-white ware from Iraq, and its comparison with eighth century AD Chinese blue-and-white Sancai ware. Archaeometry. 49 (4), pp. 665-684.
On guard (the First Emperor’s buried army) (2007)
Wood, N. 2007. On guard (the First Emperor’s buried army). Ceramic Review. CR 227, pp. 30-31.

2006

Cuire au bois en Chine (2) (2006)
Wood, N. 2006. Cuire au bois en Chine (2). La Revue de la Ceramique et du Verre. 147, pp. 28-31.
A pioneer in porcelain (2006)
Wood, N. 2006. A pioneer in porcelain. Ceramic Review. CR 217, pp. 42-45.
Cuire au bois en Chine (1) (2006)
Wood, N. 2006. Cuire au bois en Chine (1). La Revue de la Ceramique et du Verre. 146, pp. 28-31.

2005

Re-dating of Chinese celadon shards excavated on Mapungubwe Hill, a 13th century Iron Age site in South Africa, using Raman spectroscopy, XRF and XRD (2005)
Prinsloo, L.C., Wood, N., Loubser, M., Verryn, S.M.C. and Tiley, S. 2005. Re-dating of Chinese celadon shards excavated on Mapungubwe Hill, a 13th century Iron Age site in South Africa, using Raman spectroscopy, XRF and XRD. Journal of Raman Spectroscopy. 36 (8), pp. 806-816.

2003

Woodfiring in China, part 2: Southern porcelain kilns (2003)
Wood, N. 2003. Woodfiring in China, part 2: Southern porcelain kilns. Log Book. 16, pp. 1-12.
Woodfiring in China, part 1: the mantou and the dragon kiln (2003)
Wood, N. 2003. Woodfiring in China, part 1: the mantou and the dragon kiln. Log Book. 15, pp. 1-12.
A handful of dust (2003)
Wood, N. 2003. A handful of dust. Ceramics Technical. 17, pp. 98-101.

2002

Ceramics without clay (2002)
Wood, N. 2002. Ceramics without clay. Ceramics in Society. 49, pp. 21-23.

2009

Blue and white – the early years: Tang China and Abbasid Iraq compared (2009)
Wood, N. and Tite, M. 2009. Blue and white – the early years: Tang China and Abbasid Iraq compared. in: Pierson, S. (ed.) Transfer: the influence of China on world ceramics London University of London, Percival David Foundation of Chinese Art, School of Oriental and African Studies.
A technological study of Iraqi imitations of Chinese Changsha wares and Chinese Sancai wares found at Samarra (2009)
Wood, N., Doherty, C. and Rosser-Owen, M. 2009. A technological study of Iraqi imitations of Chinese Changsha wares and Chinese Sancai wares found at Samarra. in: Gu Taoci Kexue Jishu 8: ISAC ’09 Beijing ISAC. pp. 154-180
Some implications of the use of wood ash in Chinese Yue ware glazes of the late Tang dynasty (2009)
Wood, N. 2009. Some implications of the use of wood ash in Chinese Yue ware glazes of the late Tang dynasty. in: Shortland, A.J., Freestone, I.C. and Rehrens, T. (ed.) From mine to microscope: advances in the study of ancient technology Oxford Oxbow press. pp. 51-59

2008

Technological parallels between Chinese Yue wares and Korean celadons (2008)
Wood, N. 2008. Technological parallels between Chinese Yue wares and Korean celadons. in: Hoare, J. and Pares, S. (ed.) Korea: the past and the present Folkestone Global Oriental. pp. 397-417

2006

Western researches into Chinese ceramics (2006)
Wood, N. 2006. Western researches into Chinese ceramics. in: Grove art online (formerly Dictionary of art) Oxford, UK Oxford University Press.
The technology of Korean ceramics (2006)
Wood, N. 2006. The technology of Korean ceramics. in: Krahl, R. (ed.) Korean art from the Gompertz and other collections in the Fitzwilliam Museum: a complete catalogue Cambridge Cambridge University Press. pp. 12-24
Local materials and their usefulness in glazes (2006)
Wood, N. 2006. Local materials and their usefulness in glazes. in: Sutherland, B. (ed.) Brian Sutherland's Glazes from natural sources: a working handbook for potters. 2nd edition London, UK Adam & Charles Black. pp. 101-120
Chinese kilns (2006)
Wood, N. 2006. Chinese kilns. in: Grove art online (formerly Dictionary of art) Oxford, UK Oxford University Press.
Chinese glazes (2006)
Wood, N. 2006. Chinese glazes. in: Grove art online (formerly Dictionary of art) Oxford, UK Oxford University Press.

2005

Some aspects of Yue ware production at Shanglinhu in the late Tang dynasty (2005)
Wood, N., Doherty, C. and Rastelli, S. 2005. Some aspects of Yue ware production at Shanglinhu in the late Tang dynasty. in: Gu taoci kexue Jishu 6: International Symposium on Ancient Ceramics: ISAC ’05, 01-04 Nov 2005, Shanghai, China Shanghai, China Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academy of Sciences.
The technological relationship between Islamic and Chinese glazed ceramics prior to the 16th Century AD (2005)
Tite, M. and Wood, N. 2005. The technological relationship between Islamic and Chinese glazed ceramics prior to the 16th Century AD. in: Taoci no.4. Chine-Mediterranee. Routes et changes de la ceramique avant le XVI siecle par, 2005 France Oriental Ceramic Society of france.

2004

Zaoqi Yaozhou qingci he Nansong Lauhudong yao de jishu guangxi (2004)
Wood, N., Rastelli, S. and Doherty, C. 2004. Zaoqi Yaozhou qingci he Nansong Lauhudong yao de jishu guangxi. in: Proceedings of the International Conference of Southern Song Dynasty Official Ware of Laohudong China Zhejiang University Press. pp. 190-195
Five dynasties Yaozhou Celadon: a true ancestor to Laohudong Guan ware? (2004)
Wood, N., Doherty, C. and Rastelli, S. 2004. Five dynasties Yaozhou Celadon: a true ancestor to Laohudong Guan ware? in: Pierson, S. (ed.) Song ceramics: art history, archaeology and technology London, UK University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies.

2002

An evaluation of the composition and production processes of Chinese "Robin's Egg" glazes (2002)
Wood, N., Kerr, R. and Borgio, L. 2002. An evaluation of the composition and production processes of Chinese "Robin's Egg" glazes. in: Gu Taoxi Kexue Jishu 5: ISAC '02 Shanghai, China Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academy of Sciences. pp. 337-353
William Cookworthy's Plymouth Porcelain and its origins in Jingdezhen practice (2002)
Wood, N. and Cowell, M. 2002. William Cookworthy's Plymouth Porcelain and its origins in Jingdezhen practice. in: Gu Taoxi Kexue Jishu 5: ISAC '02 Shanghai, China Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academy of Sciences. pp. 326-336
Lucie Rie no Sozai to Gihou (Lucie Rie's ceramics materials and methods.) (2002)
Wood, N. 2002. Lucie Rie no Sozai to Gihou (Lucie Rie's ceramics materials and methods.). in: Miura, H. (ed.) Catalogue for the 100th anniversary exhibition of Lucie Rie's birth: Sietan 100nen Kinen Lucie Rie ten Seijaku no Bi e. Japan Shigaraki Museum of Contemporary Ceramic Art. pp. 12-21
The production of classic Chinese glazes in oxidising kiln atmospheres using elemental silicon as a reducing agent (2002)
Slade, R. and Wood, N. 2002. The production of classic Chinese glazes in oxidising kiln atmospheres using elemental silicon as a reducing agent. in: Gu Taoxi Kexue Jishu 5: ISAC '02 Shanghai, China Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academy of Sciences. pp. 263-274
Technological development at the Huangbao kiln site, Yaozhou, in the 9th 11th C AD: some analytical and microstructural examinations (2002)
Rastelli, S., Wood, N. and Doherty, C. 2002. Technological development at the Huangbao kiln site, Yaozhou, in the 9th 11th C AD: some analytical and microstructural examinations. in: Gu Taoxi Kexue Jishu 5: ISAC '02 Shanghai, China Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academy of Sciences. pp. 179-193

2007

New frameworks for the investigation and understanding of Chinese ceramic technology (2007)
Wood, N. 2007. New frameworks for the investigation and understanding of Chinese ceramic technology. PhD thesis University of Westminster School of Media, Arts and Design

2007

Chinese glazes: their chemistry, origins and re-creation. New and revised edition (2007)
Wood, N. 2007. Chinese glazes: their chemistry, origins and re-creation. New and revised edition. London, UK A & C Black.

2004

Science and civilisation in China, vol. 5, chemistry and chemical technology. Part 12, ceramic technology (2004)
Kerr, R., Wood, N., Mei-Fen, T.A. and Fukang, Z. Kerr, R. (ed.) 2004. Science and civilisation in China, vol. 5, chemistry and chemical technology. Part 12, ceramic technology. Cambridge, UK Cambridge University Press.

2003

Tapestry - but not as we know it: textiles by Deirdre Wood (2003)
Wood, N. 2003. Tapestry - but not as we know it: textiles by Deirdre Wood. Gosport, Hampshire Gosport Museum and Gallery.

2005

A technological examination of two Abbasid blue-and-white shards from Iraq, and their comparison with Chinese blue-and-white wares of the 8th - 9th Cs AD. (2005)
Wood, N., Tite, M. and Doherty, C. 2005. A technological examination of two Abbasid blue-and-white shards from Iraq, and their comparison with Chinese blue-and-white wares of the 8th - 9th Cs AD. 35th International Symposium on Archaeometry (35th ISA). Beijing, China 10-15 May 2005

2001

The influence of glass technology on Chinese ceramics (2001)
Wood, N. 2001. The influence of glass technology on Chinese ceramics. International Ceramic Fair and Seminar. London, UK 15-18 Jun 2001

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