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With more than 2,000 artifacts, The Chalre Collection is one of the largest non-institutional Ceramic Art collections in the Southeast Asia region.  It is also one of the most diverse comprising pottery styles across more than 10 centuries. 


The Ceramic Art collection of Chalre Associates came about through the efforts of the firm�s principals, Rebecca Bustamante and Richard Mills.  It is their intention that a significant portion of The Chalre Collection become property of a museum foundation or other public body in the future. 


In creating the collection, major recognition must be given to Jose (Joe) Yusef Makmak for his considerable support and friendship.  Our thoughts are with Joe, formerly a prominent ceramic antiquities dealer in Philippines, who passed away in 2008.   




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Glaze Contractions


Tiny imperfections in the outside surface of Ceramics can be caused by glaze contractions and are somewhat common on Chinese and other Asian Ceramic art. They appear like small indents in the glaze and are more common on Tradeware rather than Imperial Porcelain. 
Glaze Contractions on an ancient Chinese Blue and White Porcelain BowlThe cause of glaze contractions can be fleck of embedded material or oil underneath the glaze that prevents the glaze from completely covering the clay. During firing, the glaze will not be as thick and will show up as a little depression. 
In some cases the contractions are so small they can only be seen under magnification. Others will be larger and appear dark coloured because dirt has been entrenched. 
The majority of ancient Chinese and Asia Ceramics have glaze contractions (or rust spots) due to the nature of the production processes centuries ago. They are generally more pronounced on Tradeware rather than Imperial Porcelain. 
If none are to be seen, then questions need to be asked why. 

See more examples of glaze contractions below from pieces of the Chalre Collection. 




Glaze Contractions on an ancient Chinese White Porcelain Container



Glaze Contractions on an ancient Chinese Porcelain Fish Bowl




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