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CLAYART CHINA, Dec. 2000, Vol. 17. Chinese Ceramic Cultural Exchange and

"CLAYART CHINA" is a newsletter emailed 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 2000, The Chinese Ceramic Art Council, USA. All rights

The Chinese Ceramic Art Council, USA
P.O. Box 64392, Sunnyvale, CA 94088, USA
Tel. 408-245-6271, Fax. 408-245-8756
Chief Editor: Guangzhen "Po" Zhou
English Editor: Deborah Bouchette

Shaan'xi History Museum
91 East Xiao-zhai Road, Xi'an, P. R. China
Tel. 86-29-5254727
The Shaan'xi History Museum covers about 65,000 square meters. The buildings
cover a floor space of about 55,600 square meters. More than 375,000
cultural relics are in the museum's collections. Among them, eighteen of the
relics are the most valuable ones in China. About 800 of the relics are
first class: the bronze vessels, pottery figures, gold and silver wares are
the most unique exhibits. Also, about 400 pieces of well-known murals of the
Tang Dynasty from Shaan'xi province have been restored.

Yaozhou Kiln Museum
Huangbao Town, Tongchuan City, Shaan'xi Province, P. R. China, #727001
Tel.86-919-7189413, 86-919-7186043
The site of the well-known ruins of Yauzhou kiln, a unit of cultural relics
under state protection, is located on the south side of Huangbao Town in
Tongchuan City of Shaan'xi Province, about two hours north of Xi'an.
The Yaozhou kiln started firing in the Tang Dynasty, developed further
during the Five Dynasties, and reached its peak in the Northern Song
Dynasty; then it continued operation in the Jin Dynasty and ceased
production in the of Yuan Dynasty. The Yaozhou kiln was known in history as
"Shili Yaochang" (five kilometer kiln site). The kiln has over 800 years of
firing history, leaving behind the richest cultural heritage: more than 3
million pieces of various kinds of cultural relics and 200 workshops and
stoves have been excavated on the site. The Yaozhou Kiln Museum covers an
area of 60,000 square meters and has an exhibition area of 8,000 square
meters, which holds the collection of 500,000 pieces of cultural relics. The
remains of the kiln sites are protected in three halls. The celadon making
kilns and workshops of the Song Dynasty along with the tri-colored kilns and
workshops of the Tang and Jin Dynasties reflect directly and vividly the
scale of production, the techniques, and the complete ware-making processes
of the Yaozhou kiln.

The Chinese Ceramic Cultural Exchange and Travel. Fee: US $3,750.
May 24 - June 13, 2001
Travel Itinerary
Day 1, (Thur., May 24) Depart San Francisco or Los Angeles by Air China in
the afternoon or evening (10- to12-hour flight).
Day 2, (Fri., May 25) Arrive at Shanghai's Pudong Airport in the evening.
Day 3, (Sat., May 26) In the morning, the Shanghai Art Museum at the
Shanghai Museum (founded in 1952, and famous for its collection of ancient
Chinese art including bronze, ceramics, sculpture, jade, paintings and
calligraphy, etc.). In the afternoon, visit the Yu Garden (Chinese landscape
with rocks, water, bridges and buildings) and traditional market. In the
evening, a welcome banquet.
Day 4, (Sun., May 27) Shanghai Han-Guang Ceramic Art Company and Gallery
(the owner and director, Youyu Li, has received commissions for many large
mural projects of interior and exterior decoration). Meet local artists with
a slide presentation.
Day 5, (Mon., May 28) In the morning, visit the Shanghai Institute of
Painting and Sculpture and other art galleries, or visit a pottery bar. In
the afternoon, visit the Pudong "new" district, take the elevator up to the
top of the Eastern Pearl Tower (TV Tower), and get a bird's-eye view of
Shanghai City. In the evening, boat on the Huangpu River with a beautiful
night view of Shanghai.
Day 6, (Tue., May 29) In the morning, bus to Yixing (about 4 hours). In the
afternoon, symposium registration and delivery of work for the International
Clay Art Exhibition. Tours to local ceramic art studios.
Days 7 - 10, (Wed., May 30 - Sat., June 2) Yixing International Ceramic Art
Day 11, (Sun., June 3) In the morning, visit the teapot market. In the
afternoon, bus to Wuxi and transfer by train to Jingdezhen.
Day 12, (Mon., June 4) In the morning, arrive at Jingdezhen (the capital of
Porcelain). Visit the Jingdezhen ceramic Historical Museum, ceramic
factories, studios (with demonstrations by some local artists), and markets.
Day 13, (Tue., June 5) In the morning, visit the Hu-tian ancient kiln site
and the Jingdezhen Institute of Folk Art Kiln. In the afternoon, visit the
Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute, with slide lectures by both Jingdezhen Ceramic
Institute faculty and the American clay artists.
Day 14, (Wed., June 6) Bus from Jingdezhen to Nanchuang and transfer by
train to Xi'an.
Day 15, (Thur., June 7) In the afternoon, arrive in Xi'an. Relax and free
Day 16, (Fri., June 8) Bus to Tongchuan. Visit the Yao Ware Ceramic Museum
and the Chenlu Ceramic Village, where people have been making pottery since
the Song dynasty.
Day 17, (Sat., June 9) Visit the Banpo Museum (prehistoric ceramic site),
Terra Cotta Warriors Museum (6,000 of the full-size ancient clay soldiers
that had been buried in 210 BC and discovered in 1974). Later in the
afternoon, take the over night train to Beijing.
Day 18, (Sun., June 10) Arrive in Beijing in the morning. Visit the
Fan-jia-li antique market. In the afternoon, visit the Summer Palace.
Day 19, (Mon., June 11) Visit the Great Wall, and in the afternoon, visit
the Academy of Art and Design - Tsinghua University, plus meet local artists
at Hap Pottery Studio. In the evening, a farewell banquet.
Day 20, (Tue., June 12) Visit Tian-an-men Square, the Ancient Palace Museum
and, Tian-Tai Park.
Day 21, (Wed., June 13) Depart for the US from Beijing International
Airport (home, sweet home flight).

The International Ceramic Art Symposium, Yixing, China 2001, and the
International Clay Art Exhibition (part of the Chinese Ceramic Cultural
Exchange and Travel)
Schedule: May 29 - June 2, 2001
Location: Dingshu Town, Yixing City, Jiangsu Province, P. R. China.
Sponsor: Municipality of Yixing City.
Hosts: The Ceramic Art Branch of the Arts and Crafts Association of Jiangsu
Province, China.
The Chinese Ceramic Art Council, USA.
Associated with: The Economy Committee of Yixing; the Ceramic Company of
Jiangsu Province; the Municipality of Dingshu Town; the Travel Bureau of
Yixing; the Arts and Crafts Association of Jiangsu Province; and Ceramic Art
Magazine in Taipei.
Other Sponsors: Jingtao Group, Henyuan Group, Hanguang Group (Factory No.
Yixing Purple Sand Factory No. One, Yixing Purple Sand Factory No. Two,
Changle Taozhuang, Shanghai Ancient Book Publishing House, Nanjing Museum,
Wuxi Museum, and the Ceramic Art Magazine in Taiwan.

LETTER. A hard copy of this invitation letter is available by request.
Letter of Invitation, December 20, 2000

Dear Clay Artists,

On behalf of the Eastern and Western Ceramic cultural exchange, we are
pleased to invite you to participate in the International Ceramic Art /
Teapot Symposium, Yixing, China, 2001.

Sponsored by the Municipal of Yixing City, and hosted by The Ceramic Art
Branch, the Arts and Crafts Association of Jiangsu Province and the Chinese
Ceramic Art Council, USA, this conference, held from May 30 through June 2,
2001, will be the centerpiece of a three week tour of many of the pottery
centers and ceramic art schools in China. The tour will be from May 24
through June 13, 2001. A full schedule of the tour and outline of the
symposium in Yixing is enclosed for your information.

To insure that the conference in Yixing will be of great value to the
cultural exchange between Chinese and Western ceramic artists, we have
invited a top roster of the most respected artists from China and the West.
All are artists who have gained a strong reputation for their work, and all
have had an ongoing involvement with teapots, a focus of the Yixing
symposium. With a strong mix of Chinese and Western artists, this
should be a historical event, and lead to a greater understanding between
the ceramic
artists of both cultures.

In addition to attending the symposium in Yixing, the tour offers the
remarkable experience of travel in a rapidly changing China. Many of the
small rural potteries we will be visiting continue to create remarkable
works through technologies that date back several millennia. These
traditional potteries are endangered by rapid advances in China's economy
and competitive market, and, unfortunately, may not exist beyond the
next decade.

Again, we hope that you will join us for this extraordinary travel
experience and valuable exchange with the artists of Yixing, China. We hope
to hear from you soon. Thank you!

If you are interested in more details, please contact either Richard Notkin
or Guangzhen "Po" Zhou.


Richard Notkin, Symposium Co-chairman,
PO. Box 698, Helena, MT 59624
Tel. 406-442-4382, Fax. 406-457-0058, Email

Guangzhen "Po" Zhou
The Chinese Ceramic Art Council, USA.
PO Box 64392, Sunnyvale, CA 94088-4392
Tel. 408-245-6271, Fax. 408-245-8756, Email,
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