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This story is part of our news archives, prior to July 2010.


24 Days in China

Art Professor Gary Erickson and students Eartha Bell, Christina Park and Pei-Hsuan Wang received a 2009 ASIANetwork Freeman Foundation Fellowship in support of a 24-day research trip to study contemporary Chinese art.

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The trio arrived in Jingdezhen, The Porcelain City of China. They spent their time in contemporary art galleries, universities and museums, and made studio visits.

You can follow the trip through their blog:

June 26

Six days in Beijing. We visited the National Art Gallery, the antique market, the 798 art district, Chaoyang art district and Three Shadows Photography Art Centre. We met with Professor Zheng Yan, Art History at the Beijing Central Academy of Fine Art (CAFA) and Professor Huang Chunmao, ceramic design. We also met with the installation artist Wang Wei and his wife Ranjie who are involved in the Arrow Factory art project. Read full entry»

June 18

To conclude our time in Jingdezhen, Eartha had mentioned visiting the artist Gan Daofu. He graduated from the Jingdezhen Ceramic Art Institute a couple years ago and is now a guest instructor working with fourth-year students. He and eight other young artists have formed a group called Ice Blue and rented a gallery space to show their work in the Sculpture Factory area. My friend Bai Xu set up the interview for us and the students were able to interview him about his work and teaching. He talked about respecting the blue and white tradition that is so prevalent in Jingdezhen. Read full entry»

June 16

This morning we started out with a trip to the "Imitated Antique Porcelain Factory" otherwise known as the "Bigware Factory." Here we observed the production of enormous ceramic vases- reaching heights of 18 feet and more! The process includes a large wheel and several pounds of clay with three to four people collaborating on the throwing process. These pieces are often thrown in separate parts to retain structural integrity around the neck through the firing process. The kilns used to fire the pieces are quite large to accommodate the enormous size. Read full entry»

June 15

Eartha and Tina arrive in Jingdezhen to join Pei-Hsuan and Gary who have spent the last month working in the studio during a residency at the Jingdezhen Sanbao Ceramic Art Institute. Read full entry»