Clayart China on sat 21 oct 00
CLAYART CHINA, October 2000, Vol. 15. National Academy, Activities 2000.
"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
The National Academy of Chinese Fine Art
The Office of Foreign Affairs of The National Academy of Chinese Fine Art
218 Nanshan Road, Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, P. R, China, #310002
Tel. 86-571-7038237, 86-571-7011539
The National Academy of Chinese Fine Art has long enjoyed a great
reputation as one of the most comprehensive fine art academies in China with
many disciplines and well-balanced in its development.
The Academy is located in Hangzhou, a cultural ancient city in China. For
more than one thousand years, the natural beauty of the West Lake in the
heart of the city has been inspiring a great many artists. As early as the
Southern Song Dynasty (1127 – 1279 A. D.), the Imperial Painting Academy,
one of the oldest art institutions in the world was established. Artists
like Ma Yuan and Xia Gui left behind them large quantities of famous
landscape paintings of Hangzhou, which have been handed on from age to age.
In Yuan (1271 – 1368 A. D.), Ming (1368 – 1644 A. A.) and Qing (1644 –
1911 A. D.) Dynasties, Hangzhou was the main art center of China, where
unique talents and virtuous personages gathered. Hangzhou was worthy of the
name of the capital of art in Chinese history. In 1928, the National Academy
of Art was founded as the first comprehensive art academy in China on the
bank of the West Lake in Hangzhou by Mr. Cai Yuanpei, a renowned Chinese
educator, and Prof. Lin Fengmian, a distinguished artist. Its principal aim
was to develop both Chinese and Western art, to create art of the day and to
carry forward Chinese culture. Since its foundation, the name of the Academy
has been changed several times: it was named the National Hangzhou Academy
of Art in 1932; East-China Campus, Central Academy of Fine Art in 1950;
Zhejiang Academy of Fine Arts in 1958; and The Academy of Chinese Fine Art
(the present name) in 1993. Since 1949, it has been one of the two key art
academies directly under the Ministry of Culture. Prof. Lin was its first
president, and among the presidents after him were Teng Gu, Lu Fengzi, Chen
Zhifo, Pan Tianshou, Wang Rizhang, Liu Kaiqu, Mo Pu and Xiao Feng. The
present president is Prof. Pan Gongkai. For about seventy years since its
foundation, a large number of artists renowned at home and abroad have
successively gathered at the Academy, and generations of talented artists
have once studied here. Among them were Lin Fengmain, Huang Binhong, Pan
Tianshou, Liu Kaiqu, Wu Dayu, Yua Wenliang, Ni Yide, Li Kuchuan, Li Keran,
Ai Qing, Pang Xunqin, Xiao Chuanjiu, Dong Xiwen, Wang Shikuo, Guan Liang,
Zhu Dequn, Wu Guangzhong, Zao Wou-Ki, Wang Chaowen, Chang Shuhong and Li
Lincan. They sowed and cultivated the field of art here, making the Academy
the most prestigious art education institution in Southern China.
The Academy consists of ten departments, which are the Department of
Traditional Chinese Painting, the Department of Oil Painting, the Department
of Print-Making, the Department of Sculpture, the Department of Environment
Design, the Department of Visual Communication Design, the Department of
Fashion and Textiles Design, the Department of Industrial Design and
Ceramics, the Department of Art History and Theory, and Institute for
Painting Studies. Under the Academy, there are also some programs,
institutes and other subordinate units. These are the Center of
International Exchange in Art, the Center for Further Education, the
Attached Art School, Pan Tianshou Memorial Hall, the Library, the Art
Gallery, the Publishing House, the Computer Art and Design Center, the
Varbanov Tapestry Institute, the Institute for Color Studies, the Fresco
Institute, the Chinese Calligraphy and Seal-cutting Institute, and the Folk
The Academy enrolls students from both home and abroad. It offers four-year
undergraduate BA programs; MA and Ph.D. programs are also available. Now
there are more than 200 teachers and more than 700 students. Good living
facilities are available to both teacher and students.
The Academy, close to the West Lake, is tranquil and beautiful, with tree
shades setting each other off. Inheriting thousands of years of artistic
heritage and bathed in the natural beauty of the West Lake, it is an ideal
place for the study and creation of art. Prof. Pan Gongkai, the president,
is committed to the idea that the consistent enterprising spirit of the
Academy will be carried on and that the Academy will be oriented to the
future and to the outside world.
Department of Industrial Design and Ceramics
The Department of Industrial Design and Ceramics was founded in 1996,
combining ceramic design from the arts and crafts, and industrial design
from the environment arts. The major of ceramics was initially developed 36
years ago by Prof. Deng Bai, the distinguished theoretician of ceramic art.
Many ceramic artists have been trained. The Department of has achieved
recognition in winning the National Technology Prize for the restoration of
“The Official Kiln in Southern Song Dynasty (1127 – 1279 A.D.)”
Ceramic works of this standard have been internationally recognized. The
teaching staff in this major are well-qualified in both theory and practice,
with rich experience to draw from. The Department also has a fully-equipped
Industrial design is a new major established to satisfy the domestic
economy. Although it is still in its early stages of development, it is a
strong and vibrant area with excellent future potential and prospects.
The full-color 6"x8" postcards of "The American Clay Art in Shanghai Art
Fair 2000" have been printed. On the front there are images of Richard Show,
Marilyn Levine, and Chris Gustin's work. You may have one postcard for free.
To request a postcard, please send your mailing address to:
I am leaving October 22, 2000 for the Shanghai Art Fair, and will be back
about the middle of November. Dennis Parks is going to make his third trip
to China with me.
"Chinese ceramic cultural sites and information - Foreign travelers' hand
book" - Looking for a publisher.
Since 1999 and the founding of "the Clay Art China E-newsletter," we have
received many emails and phone calls with a similar question: "I plan to
visit China soon, would you tell me any places I can visit and see Chinese
ceramics, or meet some Chinese ceramic artists?" I feel so sorry that I did
not get to reply to everyone (sometimes I may have lost email return
I moved to the United States in 1989, and I have been back to China many
times. I have taken thousands of photos and now I am compiling a book
"Chinese ceramic cultural site and information - Foreign travelers' hand
The book contains cities or places with Chinese ceramic cultural sites, such
as Beijing, Xi'an, Shanghai, Yixing, Jingdezhen, Foshan, Hong Kong, and
Taiwan; villages and kiln sites, ceramic schools, organizations, studios and
factories, museums and galleries, ceramic magazines, a glossary, and things
to do and to know; plus many helpful English-version web sites.
Also included are the Chinese characters of each title and address, so
people can easily use them to show and ask any Chinese for directions when
she or he is in China.
I am looking for a publisher in the United States who can help me to edit,
publish, and distribute the book in this country.
Since much of the information already has been included in our "China
Clayart" newsletters, I would like to express my thanks to our English
editor Deborah Bouchette.
>Chinese Ceramic Art Activities, 2000:
March 2000, China Contemporary Ceramic Art, Guangdong Art Museum, China.
March 2000, Chinese Contemporary Ceramic Art, Indigos, Denver, USA.
April 2000, Contemporary Sculptures of China Invitational, Qingdao
Sculptural Museum, China.
April 2000, Junware Exhibition, Hap Pottery, Beijing, China.
May 2000, Annual ChineseYouth Ceramic Artists Exhibition, China Academy of
Art, Hangzhou, China.
May 2000, Shiwan International Wood-firing Symposium, Shiwan, China.
May 2000, Spirit of Porcelain Symposium, Jingdezhen, China.
May 2000, Hong Kong and Mainland China Ceramic Invitational, Hong Kong.
May 2000, American Ceramic Artists Delegation--Ceramic cultural travel and
exchange, mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.
July 2000, New Century Ceramic Collection, Chinese Historical Museum,
Sept. 2000, New Celadon Exhibition, Hap Pottery, Beijing, China.
Oct. 2000, International Ceramic Exhibition, Tsinghua University/China
National Museum, Beijing, China.
Oct. 2000, International Conference of Chinese Kiln of Folk Art, Jingdezhen,
Oct. 2000, Overseas Chinese Ceramic Invitational, Taiwan Golden Ceramic
Award, and Opening Ceremony of Yingge Ceramic Museum, Yingge, Taiwan.
Nov. 2000, Nine Modern Chinese Ceramic Artists, Hong Kong.
Nov. 2000, 4th Shanghai Art Fair, Shanghai China.
(--From "Chinese Pottery Newsletter," Summer 2000)
>Letter from Chief Editor Guangzhen "Po" Zhou:
International Ceramic Art - Teapot Symposium, Yixing, 2001---
American ceramic artist and educator Richard Notkin was invited to speak by
Professor Stan Welsh of San Jose State University, California. The talk was
sponsored by the Natalie Thompson Endowment. Richard presented a great
slide lecture at the university on October 10, which described the
development of his clay art from its beginning to his current work, and also
the relationship of Yixing teapot styles. For a few months Richard and I
have been organizing the "International Ceramic Art - Teapot Symposium,
Yixing, China 2001" (which will be held near the end of May 2001). Detailed
information will be in our newsletter in December.
>Letter from Taiwan:
Date: October 17th, 2000
Announcement Of Postpone the Awards Ceremony and the Exhibition of the Sixth
Taiwan Golden Ceramics Awards
Please be informed the Museum has made a difficult decision that the Awards
Ceremony and Exhibition shall be postponed for a month. It was based on the
consideration of Museum’s construction, which is away from completed
*Opening Ceremony on Nov 26 at 10:00
* Awards Ceremony on Nov 27 at 10:00
* Exhibition Dates: 27 November, 2000 to 11 February, 2001.
On behalf of the Museum, again, I am deeply sorry for this and for any
Project Coordinator of the Exhibition
Curator, Exhibition Division
200, Wenhua Road, Yingko
239 Taipei County, Taiwan, R.O.C.
Tel: 886-2-8677-2727 ext. 504
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