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chinese clayart news feb 2002, china tour, copyrights.

updated tue 8 jan 02


Guangzhen Zhou on mon 7 jan 02

CHINESE CLAYART, Jan. 2002, Vol. 25.
China Ceramic Tour updated, Copyrights Issues in China.


"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 2002, 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

NOTE: The Chinese Clayart Store will be on the web, come with our next =
issue of the newsletter. Please wait.

NOTE to Chris Noble. Dear Mr. Chris Noble, I received your email of July =
29, 2001 and in that email, you mentioned that you would like to replace =
a vase with a palm leaf and butterfly that got broken in an earthquake. =
Please contact me as soon as possible.



The Ceramic Art Branch of Chinese Artists Association.

Contact: Prof. Jinhai Chen, Director,=20

Academy of Arts and Design, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China.=20

Ceramic Design Department, Academy of Arts and Design, Tsinghua =

34 Dong-San-Huan-Zhong Road, Beijing, P. R. China

The Chinese Artists Association is a largest national artists =
organization in Mainland China, which found in 1952. The mission of the =
organization is to promote the education and aesthetics of ceramic art. =
"The first National Ceramic Art Exhibition" was hosted by the =
organization in the National Art Gallery, Beijing in September 2001.

Invited by the Chinese Ceramic Art Council, USA, Jinhai Chen, the =
director of the Association will come to the US, and participate the =
NCECA conference in Kansas City, Missouri in Middle of March 2002. =
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City of Hangzhou, China: (The city will be included in the Chinese =
Ceramics Tour 2002.)

Hangzhou city is located between Shanghai and Yixing. Hangzhou was an =
imperial capital in the Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279), and it is =
best known for its West Lake. Surrounded by green and gentle hills, the =
Lake is the most refreshing and enjoyable in China. Chinese are often =
quoted: "In heaven there is paradise, on earth, Suzhou and Hangzhou."



Chinese Ceramics Tour 2002, updated. May 25 - June 13 (20 days). Fee: =
$3,650. (We are going to skip Zipo, but added Hangzhou. Also, the total =
cost is reduced. The fee includes international round-trip airfare, =
ground transportation, three meals a day, and lodging. Also, we offer a =
$200 discount for an accompanying spouse or second participant.)
Beijing, Xi'an, Chenlu, Jingdezhen, Yixing, Hangzhou, Zhouzhuang, and =

Contact: Guangzhen "Po" Zhou, PO Box 64392, Sunnyvale, CA 94088-4392

Tel. 408-245-6271, Fax. 408-245-8756, Email:

China Ceramic Cultural Travel and Exchange 2002

May 25, afternoon, fly from San Francisco airport to Beijing.

May 26, arrive in Beijing in the evening.

May 27, visit Tiananmen Square and the Ancient Palace Museum. Afternoon, =
visit Tsinghua University-Academy of Arts and Design, and Hap Pottery =
Studio and Gallery.

May 28, visit the Great Wall. Later in the evening, take the train to =
Xi'an. (T41, 17:12-06:45).

May 29, arrive in Xi'an in the morning. Visit the Yaozhou Ware Museum =
and Chenlu Ceramic Village.

May 30, visit the Terra Cotta Warriors Museum, the Great Mosque, and the =
antique market. In the evening, take the train to Nanchang. (T242, =

May 31, arrive Nanchang in the afternoon, transfer by bus to Jingdezhen. =
Arrive at Jingdezhen in the evening. Stay at Jingdezhen Joint Venture =

June 1, visit Gaoling Village (Ancient Site of Kaolin Mine), Hutian Kiln =
site, and the Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute.

June 2, sightseeing continues, the Ancient Kiln Porcelain Factory, the =
Jingdezhen Ceramic Historical Museum, Ancient Porcelain Factory, and =
Longxin Porcelain Factory, where 12' high porcelain vases are made.=20

June 3, leave Jingdezhen, overnight train from Nanchang to Wuxi.

June 4, transfer by bus from Wuxi to Yixing. Stay at Shanghai Hotel =
(Dingshan Town).

June 5, visit local clay studios and meet the artists.

June 6, visit ceramic factories, teapot markets, and clay tool markets.

June 7, morning, take the bus from Yixing to Hangzhou. Visit Nan-Song =
Imperial Kiln Museum. Stay in Hangzhou.

June 8, visit West Lake of Hangzhou, and the Academy of Chinese National =
Fine Arts.

June 9, morning, take bus from Hangzhou to Zhouzhuang. Evening, arrive =
at Shanghai.

June 10, visit Yuyuan Garden and the Shanghai Museum. In the evening, =
boat on the Huangpu River.

June 11, visit Hanguang Ceramic Art Company exhibition hall and their =
factory (in Fen-Xian County), and have a farewell banquet.

June 12, visit art galleries and other cultural sites.

June 13, leave Shanghai Pudong airport and arrive in San Francisco =
international airport in the early afternoon on the same day.


ACTIVITIES - Chinese Ceramic Artist Delegation will be in NCECA

The delegation consists of three Chinese ceramic artists, who are very =
important ceramic artists from the top art schools of China: the Central =
Academy of Fine Arts, and the Academy of Arts and Design at Tsinghua =
University in Beijing, China (formerly the Central Academy of Arts and =
Design, Beijing). They will come to the U.S. in March 2002, and =
participate in the NCECA conference in Kansas, Missouri.

The Chinese artists in the delegation are as follows:

LU, Pin-Chang, Professor, Vice Director of the Department of Sculpture, =
Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China.

CHEN, Jin-Hai, Professor, Director of Department of Ceramic Art, Academy =
of Arts and Design, Tsinghua University.

CAI, Meng, Lecturer, Department of Ceramic Art, Academy of Arts and =
Design, Tsinghua University; Editor of Chinese Ceramic Artist Magazine.


LETTERS - Copyright Issues in China

Copyright problems happen every day, and everywhere, and it is even =
worse in China. There were big problems related with copyright law in =
China between the 1950's and 1970's. Chinese people were able to get =
some art books translated from other languages in a bookstore or library =
without difficulty. Up until the 1980's, there was still a special =
bookstore that had no sign by its entrance, and visitors had to show =
their ID to get in. In the bookstore, most of the books were foreign =
language publications including English, French, German and Japanese, =
which had been reprinted in China without permission to copy. The store =
was closed in the mid 1980's, and things have been getting better and =
better since that time.

Starting in the 1990's, the Chinese have been talking more and more =
about the "International Railway Connections," which means understanding =
and using international regulations when doing business with foreigners. =
Also, just recently, there has been a new, more restrictive copyright =
law passed in China. We should say "A Warm Welcome to China, which truly =
has become a member of the World Trading Organization!"


I am the first ceramic student who came from Mainland China, and got the =
first contemporary ceramic art book published in Mainland China in 1998 =
(entitled "The American Ceramic Artists Today"). Also, I have had more =
than forty articles published in Chinese magazines within the past ten =
years. I have noticed that many of the copyright problems happen when =
illustrations are reproduced without permission from the original =
artists. Also, some Chinese publishers reproduce illustrations from US =
publications and magazines. Such books and magazines are still selling =
in Chinese bookstores.


I believe that the illegal publication business has to be stopped, and =
that the offending Chinese writers or editors have to be warned or =
punished. Regardless of the place, countries, or nationalities, when =
people would like to reproduce someone else's images or articles, they =
have to respect the original artists or writers, and get copy rights =
from them.


I have hired a copyright specialist Chinese attorney to protect my =
rights. If any of you have copyright concerns in China, please contact =
me, and we might be able help you to protect your copyrights in China.


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