Kiln God Research

Pathways of Transmission: Investigating the Influence of Chinese Kiln God Worship and Mythology on Kiln God Concepts and Rituals as Observed by American Ceramists

Dissertation Abstract by Dr. Martie Geiger-Ho, 2003

Feng Huo Hsien, a Kiln God from Jingdezhen, China
The Kiln God of the South Wind Region from Shiwan, Foshan, Guangdong, China

The topic that has sustained my research and acts as a huge motivating force and conceptual basis for my ceramic artwork is the question of what lies behind the mythology of Asian kiln gods. The thirst for knowledge in this area led me to pursue a Ph.D. because I wanted undertake the training necessary for properly conducting research in this area. My doctoral work concluded in 2003, with my dissertation, “Pathways of Transmission: Investigating the Influence of Chinese Kiln God Worship and Mythology on Kiln God Concepts and Rituals as Observed by American Ceramists.”

Currently I am putting together an article on New Foshan Taoshi Zumiao (Pottery Master God Temple) in Foshan, China.

 A complete listing of my publications can be found under my Publications web-page.