Tonight JCI was treated to lectures by 9 international ceramic artists. Each talk was short, but very sweet. The lectures where informative and for the most part interesting. Each speaker was very different, and brought something unique to the table. The lecture hall was packed, it is fun to see so many people interested in ceramics.
I visited Sanbao once before with a few friends of mine on our bikes. Today the whole group went to see the area and have food at a popular restaurant.
The area is really beautiful, very rural and quiet. There is a small workshop near the restaurant that hosts a lot of international artists. Today we where fortunate enough to run into some prominent British and American artist doing a raku firing along with students from Jingdezhen and Sanbao. We had a nice time hanging out, talking, and watching to goings on.
We went on an excursion to Gaoling mountain today. Gaoling was famous for its china stone. The China stone (Kaolin) was important in Chinese ceramics because it helped create a more stable clay body, which enabled bigger and more complicated in shapes.
Being surrounded by such natural beauty is always fun. In the Gaoling village there is a 1000 year old tree - massive. The weather was the nicest it has been in weeks, which made for good attitudes and hiking fun.
The "Sculpture Factory" had a swine flu scare this week so the Friday lecture was cancelled, but on Saturday The head ceramist Takashi (a Japanese artist) gave a demo and slide talk on building creative thinking, which was really informative, and interesting.
I found a new restaurant that serves really good fried rice noodles with spinach and eggs, and the greatest hot sauce of all times. The restaurant is owned by a couple, they are so cute to watch as they work together.
The people of China know how to make fresh fish. These fish in the bucket where sitting in front of the restaurant.
This morning Aaron and I traveled to the city center to have a look around. We found these fun sculptures dedicated to the city's traditional ceramic history. We also went and looked at a few exhibitions. The work was phenomenal, but I was a little disappointed after I found a room full of really great old work that was just collecting dust. Sometimes I wonder what it means to be an artist and what role I play and will play in the future.