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Guangzhen Zhou on thu 26 apr 07

CHINESE CLAYART, April 2007, Vol. 55.
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"CHINESE CLAYART" is a newsletter emailed bi-monthly to professional
artists, curators, collectors, writers, experts, educators and students in
the ceramic field, who want to know about ceramic art in China and things
related. This newsletter will be a bridge between China and Western
countries for the ceramic arts. Comments and suggestions are very welcome.
(Copyright 2007, the Chinese Ceramic Art Council, USA. All rights
The Chinese Ceramic Art Council, USA
1155 S. De Anza Blvd. San Jose, CA 95129, USA,
Tel. 800-689-2529, 408-343-3919, Fax. 408-343-0117
Chief Editor: Guangzhen "Po" Zhou
English Editor: Deborah Bouchette
Film: The World Center of Teapot Making〞Yixing China
Producer: Chinese Ceramic Art Council USA
Introduction: Yixing (e-shing in English pronunciation), also known as
Yangxian in ancient time, is about three hours* driving distance from
Shanghai. Ceramic production in the local areas can be traced to Neolithic
time, and the purple sand (※Zisha§ in Chinese)-brownish clay is made into
palm-sized unglazed stoneware teapots--the best known are from Yixing.
Yixing City has been famously named as the "Pottery Capital" of China.
Yixing also attracts tourists with its famous bamboo, tea, and caves. There
are over eighty caves in the mountain area.
The Yixing art that amazes Western culture is perfected in the artists*
craftsmanship, variation of design, details of decoration (realistic
insects, flowers, leaves, tree trunks or wood textures), all hand building
techniques. Yixing ceramists join Chinese scholars, literati, painters,
calligraphers, poets and patrons--all together creating a rich teapot
The film is about 53 minutes and in three sections. The first section
introduces the environment of Yixing and the history of Yixing teapots. The
second section is about the ceramic cultural exchanges between Yixing and
the international ceramic world. The last section demonstrates the whole
process of Yixing teapot-making techniques demonstrated by well-known artist
Meiqun Gu.
From the author: I have been working on this film since 1996. I like to
show to audience the huge water jars stacked by the waterfront, and the
boats carrying the pots on the canal. I took photos every time I went to
Yixing. Change has been so quick in China, many of the sites in my film have
gone and are replaced by high rise buildings.
This DVD is available for $18 each (regular price is $21), plus shipping and
handing fee at
Ceramic China
20 days. Beijing, Xi*an, Three Gorges, Jingdezhen, Yixing and Shanghai.
Oct. 8 - 27, 2007.
Cost: $4,200. The fee includes international air tickets, local
transportation, lodging, three meals a day, workshop tools and materials,
and tour guides/interpreters. Please buy your own insurance. $100 discount
if you sign up and pay a 50% payment before August 15, 2007.
Day 1, Leave from the San Francisco airport.
Day 2, Arrive in Beijing in the evening.
Day 3, Visit the Great Wall in the morning and and Lulichang in the
Day 4, Visit the antique market of Panjiayuan in the early morning and
Tiananmen Square, and the Ancient Palace Museum/The Forbidden City in the
Day 5, Visit Tshinghua University and participate in an exchange with the
faculty and student. Take the overnight train to Xi*an in the evening.
Day 6, Arrive Xi*an in the morning, visit Chenlu (an historical ceramic
village) and Yaozhou Museum.
Day 7, Visit the Terri-cotta Warriors Museum. Take an airplane to Chongqing.
Days 8 每 11, Four days on a Yangtze River Cruise.
Day 12, Take the bus from Wuhan to Jingdezhen.
Day 13, One-day tour in Yaoli Village and Gaolin Mountain.
Day 14, One-day tour in Jingdezhen: the Ancient Porcelain Factory and
Museum, Jingdezhen Ceramics Institute, Hutian Porcelain Factory (12* vases
are made here), and the Jingdezhen Sculptural Factory. Take the overnight
train to Nanjing.
Day 15, Arrive in Nanjing and take a 2-hour bus to Yixing.
Day 16, One day tour in Yixing: artists* studios, Qain-shu dragon kiln
site, Yixing Ceramics Museum, and Teapot Market. Slide talk in the evening.
Day 17, Visit clay art tool stores, participate in a hands-on workshop
(teapot or sculpture using local clay, tools and techniques--the art works
will be fired and shipped to the US within three months).
Day 18, 3-1/2 hour bus ride to Shanghai, shopping and relax in hotel.
One-hour cruise on the Huangpu River.
Day 19, Visit Shanghai Museum in the morning and Yu-yuan Garden and the
market in the afternoon.
Day 20, Leave from Pudong Airport for home and arrive in San Francisco the
morning of the same day.
Relocation of Chinese Clay Art and ClayGround
Chinese Clay Art / ClayGround Studio
1155 S. De Anza Blvd., San Jose, CA 95129
Huntingdon Village Shopping Center, near highway 85, next to Nob Hill Foods.
Office hours:
Monday -- Friday, 9 am -- 6 pm,
Saturday 10 am -- 5 pm;
Sunday, Appointment only.
Phone: 408-343-3919, Toll free: 800-689-2529 Email:

Effective April 28, we are moving to our new address at 1155 S. De Anza
Blvd., San Jose, CA 95129, in the Huntingdon Village Shopping Center, near
highway 85, next to Nob Hill Foods. This is across street from the original
location of ClayGround.

Our phone number and toll free number will stay the same: 408-343-3919 and
800-689-2529. The phone number 408-777-8319 will be reserved for residential
use only, and the PO Box 1733, Cupertino, CA 95015 will be kept.

Chinese Clay Art, our online store, was established in 2001, as our
nation-wide clay art supplies business. In our new location, our studio and
clay supplies store will be merged together.

ClayGround, the ceramic art studio, was established at 1253 Kentwood Ave.,
San Jose in 1999 as a ceramic art school teaching clay techniques to
children and adults. At the new location, the sign will read ※ClayGround§
only, and occupy a space of 1475 square feet. The clay studio and clay art
retail store will be together and we will able to provide better services
and more products to our valued customers.
ACTIVITIES at ClayGround, San Jose, California

Yixing Teapot Exhibition Opening Reception and Yixing DVD
April 27, Friday 7 每 9 pm; free admission
Movie 8-9 pm: DVD: The World Center of Teapot Making〞Yixing, China
The exhibition will be on display from April 27 每 May 28, 2007.

Teapot Workshop with Meiqun Gu
April 28, Saturday; 10 am 每 5 pm.
Building your own Yixing Teapots with visiting Yixing artist Meiqun Gu.
Everyone will able to make a teapot with Yixing purple sand clay and Chinese
traditional tools. No experience needed.
Fee: $80 payable to CCA. ($20 off for ACGA members). Instruction and 3
pounds of Yixing clay are included.

Open House
April 29, Sunday, 10 am 每 5 pm.
Free admission and hands-on activities for children and adults.

Grand Opening Sale
All clay supplies, books and the DVD will be available at our retail store
with 15% off purchases made at our retail store from April 27 to May 31,
Job Opening: Clay Instructors and Marketing Manager
Clay Instructor, part-time
Job Description: Teach YMCA summer camps for children from 5-12 years old
and after school programs. The teaching job may extend to a long term
Location: 1155 S. De Anza Blvd., San Jose, CA 95129 (west San Jose near
highway 85)
Requirement: Instructors need to have experience with clay materials and
know techniques of hand-building as well as using a pottery wheel. Must be
patient with children.
Teaching Hours: Hours are based on business needs. Regular classes will be
in the afternoons from 2:30 pm to 6:00 pm Monday 每 Friday, and all day
Saturday and Sunday. The summer camps will be on weekdays, either in the
morning or afternoon. The summer camp will be in session from 10 am-12 noon,
Monday 每 Friday, June 25 每 August 17, 2007.
Salary: $50 per two-hour class.

Manager of Marketing Department, full-time
Chinese Clay Art Corporation is a developing company based in San Jose,
California. Due to its business needs, we are looking for a marketing
department manager to further increase our sales.
Job description: Manage advertisements through internet, magazines, emails
and other media.
Location; 1155 S. De Anza Blvd., San Jose, CA 95129 (west San Jose near
highway 85)
Requirements: bachelor*s degree with at least 2 years of experience related
to business management; good communication and people skills, comprehensive
computer knowledge (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.), and a desire to work in
a multicultural environment with growth opportunities.
Salary: $2,000/ month and up based on experience.
Please send resume through email to
The 2nd International Wood Firing Conference, Foshan, China
June 23-28, 2007
Grand Opening of the ※International Wood Firing Institute of the Shiwan
Nanfeng Ancient Kiln§ and the ※International Ceramic Artists Village of
the Shiwan Nanfeng Ancient Kiln§;
International Ceramic Art Exhibition〞Shiwan;
American Raku Firing and Demonstration, film screening of ※International
Wood firings.§
An earlier newsletter is on the Web at:

Guangzhen "Po" Zhou
Chinese Clay Art Corp. / ClayGround
Clay Art Supplies and Studio
1155 S. De Anza Blvd. San Jose, CA 95129

Mailling address:
PO Box 1733, Cupertino, CA 95015

Tel. 408-343-3919, Fax. 408-777-8321,
Art Tools are Part of Art Works.