Aesthetic Appreciation of Kelantan Heritage Ceramics: An Indicator for Sustainability

Ab. Aziz Shuaib, Olalere Folasayo Enoch, Khairul Azhar bin Mat Daud, Muhamad Ezran Bin Zainal Abdullah, Jafrulhizam Bin Jaafar


Apart from creating clay objects with unlimited variety of shapes, the surface can also be decorated with patterns in many ways to enhance the overall appearance. As a result of this, surface decorations have been one of the major heritage values in ceramic studies. Thus, applying Gestalt theory and Golden section rule, this paper seeks to identify the unique heritage values in Kelantan ceramics that can be sustained as genius loci. Pictorial data (decorative patterns) were collected by visiting six museums in Kelantan and the data were analyzed with the aid of PhiMatrix software. The result shows eleven (11) decorative patterns that conform to the golden section rule and the Gestalt principles of grouping elements. Hence, sustaining this heritage values will not only serve as identity, but also demonstrate the recognition of the beauty of the past.

Keywords: Aesthetic, Heritage ceramics, Surface decoration, Decorative motifs, Kelantan,

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