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chinese clayart newsletter jan. 2006

updated tue 10 jan 06


Guangzhen Zhou on mon 9 jan 06

CHINESE CLAYART, Jan. 2006, Vol. 48.
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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 2006, the Chinese Ceramic Art Council, USA. All rights
The Chinese Ceramic Art Council, USA
P.O. Box 1733, Cupertino, CA 95015, USA
Tel. 800-689-2529, Fax. 408-777-8321
Chief Editor: Guangzhen "Po" Zhou
English Editor: Deborah Bouchette
Grand Opening of French Ceramic Art Museum in China
On July 31, 2005, was the ceremony celebrating the grand opening of the
French Ceramic Art Museum with a ceramic works exhibition of ten French
artists. The French Ceramic Art Museum is part of the international ceramic
art museum to be established in Fuping Ceramic Art Village, Shan’xi
Province, China. In their residency programs, the Village has been inviting
international artists to come to China to make their art works there for the
shows. More of museums will be built in the village near future.
1st Chinese National Ceramic Education Conference 2005
The conference was held in Xi’an, Shann’xi Province, from Oct. 27 to 31. The
conference is a Chinese version of NCECA. According to Lu Pingchang, the
chairman, “This is just the first conference. In the future, we may invite
some international artists and provide English translation.”
China Ceramics Tours
A. March 29-April 17, 2006. Beijing, Xi'an, Jingdezhen, Jianyang, Longquan
and Shanghai.
Cost: $2,900.
B. June 7th – 21st, 2006. Beijing, Xian, Jingdezhen, Hangzhou, Yixing and
Cost: $2,650.
Contact: Chinese Ceramic Art Council USA, PO Box 1733, Cupertino, CA 95015
Tel. 800-689-2529, Fax. 408-777-8321, Email:
Chinese Tour and Reunion Party at NCECA

It has been great having had the chance to travel with everyone for the
China trips last June and October!

We have had a very successful Yixing conference, ceramic art exhibitions,
and have participated the Jingdezhen and Foshan international ceramic fairs.
We can’t do these without your support!

Anyone who will be at NCECA, please let me know. We are going to host a free
re-union dinner party (reservation required) at the NCECA conference in a
Chinese restaurant Portland on March 10th, Friday 6:30 pm. The restaurant
name and phone number will be available in our next e-newsletter.

The party is open to everyone who has been to China, or he or she will be in
China, or he or she would like to meet the Chinese ceramic artists. At the
party, you will able to meet a group of Chinese ceramic artists whom you may
have met during the China trip before. We have been organizing annual
Chinese ceramic artists delegation visits to the US since 1999. I will send
you the details in the end of January 2006.

The Yixing government and ceramic museum are still working on the
international ceramic exhibition catalog. It might come out after the summer
of 2006. I will let you know when I get any news from them. Thanks to
everyone who has sent their art works for the show and who has donated the
art works to the museum! Also, there will be another book titled “The
Selected Ceramic Masters and Their Works of the World” that will be
published by the Jingdezhen government.

During 2006, we plan to lead three tours to China. The first one will be in
April which will focus on Clay Art. We will visit Beijing, Xi'an,
Jingdezhen, Jianyang, Longquan and Shanghai. The dates are March 29-April
17, for 20 days. The second time will be our regular tour in June that will
be visiting Beijing, Xi’an, Jingdezhen, Yixing and Shanghai. And the third
time will be in October. We will have the Yixing residence programs which
will focus on the teapot workshop.

Please visit our website at for updated information.
Thank you very much!

Happy New Year!

Guangzhen "Po" Zhou

Big Fish and Small Pot - Second International Small Teapot Competition
Saddleback College Art Gallery, Mission Viejo, California, USA
We have received 204 slides from over 80 artists from Israel, Switzerland,
Canada, Australia and China! Many of the teapots look really good. We are
going to select 100 of the entries for the show and we plan to print the
poster of “100 Contemporary Teapots of the World” after the show.
The exhibition dates are: February 15 through March 9, 2006, and the
artist’s reception will be: February 16, 2006, 6 to 9 pm. For details and
entry forms, please visit:
The Yixing Art Exhibition
In conjunction with the workshop, the exhibition of Shi Xiaoming will be
located at Mother Earth Clay Art Center, 790 Lucerne Drive, Sunnyvale, CA
94085. The exhibits will also include many other teapots by Yixing artists.
Some of the teapots will be for sale.

The Art of Yixing
Slide Presentation, Workshop and Exhibition
Hosts: Mother Earth Clay Art Center and the Chinese Ceramic Art Council USA
Location: Mother Earth Clay Art Center, 790 Lucerne Drive, Sunnyvale, CA
Tel. 408-245-6262, Fax. 408-245-6267
Date: February 11th, 2006
9:00am-10:00am, Slide presentation by Xiao-Ming Shi.
10:00am - 12noon, Demonstration of slab techniques making an Yixing Teapot
with wood texture.
1:00pm - 5:00pm, Teapot Workshop. Everyone is going to use Yixing tools,
clay and the techniques to make your own teapot.

Biography of the Artist Xiao-Ming Shi
Born in 1970, Mr. Xiao-Ming Shi is a member of the Chinese Sculpture
Association, a member of the Jiangsu Folk Artists' Association, and is the
vice secretary-general of Jiangsu Pottery Art Committee. While in the US, he
has presented slide shows at NCECA and Saddleback College in southern

In 1989, Mr. Shi started to work and study with the Chinese national master
Mr. Xu Xiutang, who used the purple sand clay as a sculptural material.
Along with Mr. Xu and other co-workers, Mr. Shi has made many figurative
public sculpture projects in the studio. Also, he created some series of
teapots with very detailed wood and leather effects.
Mr. Shi's works come in both large and small, sculptural and vessel forms,
using realism and naturalism. In his teapot series called "Continuation," he
made old, dead tree trunks as the main body of the vessel, and added the
yang boys who sit on the top of the teapot lid, suggesting the new life of
the world.

During the past 17 years, Mr. Shi has received many prizes internationally,
such as the bronze medal of the First Chinese Modern Ceramics Exposition in
Shanghai, the excellence award from the Sixth China National Competition of
Ceramic Art Designs and New Creations, a third-place award at the Ceramic
Art Competition of Jiangsu, and a bronze medal at the First China National
Fair of Great Masters' Works and Super-fine Ceramic Art in Hangzhou, and the
first-place award at the Yixing International Ceramic Art Exhibition—the
International Ceramic conference-Yixing, China 2001. His works have been
published in many books, including The Chinese Modern Art Collections. He
was invited to participate in the Special Ceramic Super-fine Exhibition of
Modern Chinese Well-known Artists, separately held in Beijing and Hong
Kong-1997, and participated in the Jiangsu Ceramic Art Exposition of Nanjing
Museum, the Zisha Pottery Collections Exposition in the Historic Museum of
Taiwan, and has traveled to the Republic of Korea for ceramic art exchanges.
He also joined the Sixth China Art Festival in Nanjing. At the same time,
his works were collected by many private collectors and public museums.

Call for Entries - Decorated Clay Works
Deadline: April 10, 2006
Entry Fee: None
Requirements: Any kind of ceramic works that have been decorated using the
Chinese Clay Art Textural Mats, Wood Molds or Ceramic Molds.
Award $100 for each image selected.
There will be three categories, as follows:
A. Any ceramic art works decorated with the Chinese Clay Art textural mats,
such as bricks, rocks, fish scales, wood, dragon scales, and basket weave.
B. Any ceramic art works decorated with any of the Chinese Clay Art ceramic
molds, such as: Ocean Life, Garden Life, Vegetables and Flowers.
C. Any ceramic art works decorated with any of the Chinese Clay Art wooden
molds, such as: Butterfly, Dragonfly, Fishes, Frog, Hen, Roster, Lion,
Piggy, Bunny, Chinese characters and other patterns.
We will choose ten to twenty images to use as sample pieces for our
promotional purposes. The images may be used in books, catalogs, postcards
and posters, or used in my articles published in magazines.
Please email or mail the image of your art works to with your personal information including artist
name, contact information, title and size of your work. You may also email
your resume and artist’s statement with the picture.
Agreement: The artist whose works are accepted will grant the copy rights of
the images to the Chinese Clay Art Corp., who may use them in non-profit
and/or commercial promotions.
Guangzhen Zhou, Chinese Clay Art USA. Tel. 800-689-2529, Fax. 408-777-8321,

JOB OPENING: English Teacher in China
Jingdezhen Ceramics Institute in China needs an English teacher who will be
able to teach in China for a half or full year. Monthly Salary: RMB 3,600
yuan, plus free room, heath insurance, and traveling premium. Starts in the
middle of February 2006. Contact: Guangzhen Zhou, Chinese clay Art USA. Tel.
800-689-2529, Fax. 408-777-8321,

NCECA Conference / New products and new catalogs
Chinese Clay Art USA will be at the NCECA conference in Portland at booths
207 and 209. We will bring many new products, such as wooden molds of Lucky
Cat, Cute Bunny, Rich Piggy, Longevity Turtle and Happy Buddha; Rock, Dragon
Scale and Basket Weave rubber texture mats of a larger size (12” x 16”); two
sets of plastic stamps in ocean and floral patterns, and some home-made
style brushes.
We would like to say thanks to everyone who has supported our business. We
are going to bring some of our products as give-away items: Stainless Steel
Fettling Knifes, Clayart Denim Bags, and some samples of new stamps.
Our new catalogs will be available by the middle of February 2006, and we
will bring them to the conference. Since we have our catalog printed just
once a year and our products arrive every two or three months, please visit
our website for more products, updated information and seasonal discounts.
An earlier newsletter is on the Web at:

Guangzhen "Po" Zhou
The Chinese Clay Art, USA
PO Box 1733
Cupertino, CA 95015
Tel. 408-343-3919, 408-777-8319, Fax. 408-777-8321,
Art Tools are Part of Art Works.