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chinese clay art newsletter march 2005

updated mon 7 mar 05


Guangzhen Zhou on sat 5 mar 05

CHINESE CLAYART, March 2005, Vol. 43.
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Teapot exhibitions, Free book, China visa application info, Call for entries
"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 © 2005, 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
■ Teapot Exhibitions in the Teapot Center of the World - Yixing,
China, June 2005.
Working with the National Council on Education for Ceramic Art and the
International Academy of Ceramics, the Chinese Ceramic Art Council USA and
the Yixing Ceramic Conference Committee are going to host two international
teapot exhibitions together at the Yixing Ceramics Museum: the competitive
exhibition of NCECA (please find details at, and the
invitational exhibition of IAC members.
Both exhibitions will be hosted during the conference in Yixing - the Teapot
Center of the World. It will be one of the most important teapot exhibitions
in the ceramic world.
The exhibition catalogs will be available at in
September 2005.
TRAVEL - Free book and China visa application information
■ The participants who register before March 20 for the Yixing
conference or China tour offered this year will be received a free copy of
“Chinese Ceramic Cultural Sites-A Traveler’s Handbook,” a $24 retail value.
For detailed information about the book, please visit the book section of

■ Information about Chinese visa application (for people living in
countries other than the U.S., please contact the Chinese Embassy or
consulate in your home country)

There are two ways to get your Chinese visa.
A. Apply for your visa in person at one the consulates or the Chinese
1. Search for a Chinese embassy or consulate near your home at
To apply for a Chinese visa, you need to fill out an application form and
submit it with a 2-inch photo and your passport. The application fee is $50
(money order or cash, no personal checks).
2. Make sure there are enough blank pages in your passport, and that there
is at least six months before the passport’s expiration date. You can apply
for your visa through a travel agent. To down load the application form and
information, please check

B. Use the Application / Mail Service provided by the Chinese Ceramic Art
Council USA (for people living in the US only).
1. Your application materials must be received before April 15, and we will
take them all together to the Consulate General of China in San Francisco,
and mail the passport back to you before May 1, 2005.
2. Application Materials: a completed application form, one 2-inch photo,
and your passport (Make sure there are enough blank pages in your passport,
and that there is at least six months before the passport’s expiration
date). Enclose a $65 application fee, (which includes a $15 handling fee).
Make your check payable to the Chinese Ceramic Art Council.
3. You must include a self-addressed return envelope with sufficient
postage. We suggest that you use Express Mail with a large envelope and
tracking numbers.
4. Mail all of your application materials to:
Chinese Ceramic Art Council USA
1041 Miller Ave.
San Jose, CA 95129
■ Chinese Yixing Teapot Making Demonstration
1pm - 4pm, Sunday, March 13,
North Court; Asian Art Museum, San Francisco,
Free w/museum admission.
Artists from Yixing – China’s is famed source of purple clay and the
exquisite teapots also known as Yixing - will demonstrate their craft.
Mr. Li Shoucai, Arts and Crafts Master of Jiangsu Province, will show the
Jun-ware techniques of Yixing ceramic tradition - decorative relief dragon.
Ms. Gu Meiqun, Senior Master, will use traditional hand-building techniques
to make a Yixing teapot. (Ms. Gu will lead a hands on teapot workshop in
Mother Earth Clay Center, Sunnyvale, California, April 9, 2005, to register or call 408-245-6262 to register over the
Mr. Zhou Bo, Master of Art and Crafts, he will work on the contemporary
teapot style.
Asian Art Museum
200 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
Tel. 415 581-3500
■ Welcome Banquet of Chinese artists,
6pm, Sunday, San Francisco, March 13, 2005.
Contact Guangzhen Zhou, at, or 408-891-5866.
Canton Seafood Restaurant,
655 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA 94107. (between 2nd and 3rd Street.)
Tel. 415-495-3064.

■ Dinner together with Chinese artists in Baltimore, March 18, 2005,
The Chinese Ceramic Art Council will host a dinner during the conference.
For people who would like to meet the Chinese artists and Ms. Ya Hong, vice
mayor of Yixing, China, please contact Guangzhen Zhou, at, or 408-891-5866. Our NECEA booth number is 301.
Tony Cheng's Szechuan
801 N Charles St.
Baltimore, MD 21201, Cross Street: Between E Read St and E Madison St.
Tel. 410-539-6666

■ The Art of the Yixing Teapot - April 9th, 2005
Slide presentation, hands-on workshop, and exhibition
Hosted jointly by Mother Earth Clay Art Center and the Chinese Ceramic Art
Council USA
Mother Earth Clay Art Center, 790 Lucerne Drive, Sunnyvale, CA 94085
9:00am - 9:30am, slide presentation “Art of Yixing Tea-ware,” by Guangzhen
9:30am - 10:00am, slide presentation of the art works by Meiqun Gu.
10:00am - 12noon, demonstration of the traditional techniques of the Yixing
1:00pm – 4pm, hands-on teapot workshop--everyone is going to use Yixing
tools, Yixing clay, and the techniques to make their own teapots.
Registration fee: $65 per person
Contact: to register or call 408-245-6262 to register over the

Yixing Teapot Exhibition:
About forty contemporary and traditional Yixing teapots will be in the show
at the gallery, and most of them will be for sale.

About the Yixing Artist Meiqun Gu
The ceramic culture since its discovery at the dawn of the civilization has
witnessed several thousand years of history. Yixing provided a safe ground
for the purple sand clay pottery art culture to flourish. It allows even
today the ancient art to maintain its place among highly developed modem
technologies. It permits us as well to continue enjoying a piece of peace, a
spirit of relaxation, and a scent of nature.

Gu Mei-qun was born in Yixing, Jiangsu Province, China, in 1966. Growing up
in this environment, she learned by the total immersion of experience.
Inspired to do something great in the arena of purple sand clay art, she was
determined to impose upon herself a strict discipline, which included
working hard from the start, seeking guidance from the learned forerunners
and communicating with her peers. It meant sweat and the freezing of the
hands. She was the only one who knew what kind of hardships she had gone
through--much as a phoenix must go through trials and tribulations before
its rebirth.

Through all the research and the hard work, she was able to partake in a
taste of success. Her initial accomplishment did not perhaps account for
anything great, but it did pave the way for a solid foundation. In an ever
changing world, she realized that staying in one place meant being left
behind. That is why she was never satisfied with what she did. She always
strives forward, pursing the higher and the better. In 1993 she was the
first to visit Japan as an exchange artist representing the Fifth Purple
Sand Clay Handicraft Factory. In 1994, "Yi pian qing xin pot" placed third
in the Fifth National Ceramic Design Competition. In 1995 her work
"Wordless" was awarded the first class prize within her Factory. In 1997 her
name was included in the "Who Is Who in China and Abroad".

Since 1998, Ms. Gu has visited the United States many times. She has led
teapot workshops at the University of Hawaii, New London Art Center in
Minnesota, and the Clayground Clay Studio in San Jose, California.

■ The Teapot Exhibition of the International Academy of Ceramics.

The Chinese Ceramic Art Council USA is working with the International
Academy of Ceramics (IAC) to promote the International Ceramic Art
Conference in Yixing, China, June 2005. This international showcase
exhibition will be held in conjunction with the Yixing Ceramic Art
Conference in Yixing, June 1 through June 4. You can learn more about the
conference at and .

Location: Yixing Ceramics Museum, Yixing, China
Date: June 2 -18, 2005
Deadline: All exhibits need be received before May 15, 2005

Eligibility and Conditions: The invitational exhibition is for the members
of IAC only, and limited to two pieces from each member. All works must be
dominated by the ceramic medium, and cannot be in excess of 12 inches (30
cm) in any direction. All works must be for sale, and must have a value of
no more than $250 USD. (The museum may add a certain value for their
commission.) All unsold pieces are welcome as donations to the Yixing
Ceramics Museum.

Shipping: Artists are responsible for insured shipping to Yixing (the
address will be posted on the website soon). All pieces
must be sent in sturdy, re-usable packaging. The Chinese Ceramic Art Council
USA will be responsible for the return of unsold pieces. Please fill in a
value of $50 (or less) for each parcel on the customs form when you mail
your art work to China (otherwise it take weeks to go through all of the
process and pay the custom duty to get your piece when it arrives in China).

You probably need to mail (air-mail only) the artworks to China before April
20. Usually international air mail takes two or three weeks to be received.
All exhibits need to be received before May 15, 2005.
The address:
The Ceramic Art Conference Committee
Yixing Ceramics Museum
150 Dingshan Bei Lu, Yixing
Jiangsu Province, Post code 214221, P. R. China

Guangzhen Zhou
The Chinese Ceramic Art Council, USA
1041 Miller Ave.
San Jose, CA 95129, USA
Tel. 800-689-2529, 408-777-8319, Fax. 408-777-8321
Email: Web:

ChunWen Wang, solo exhibition at the American Museum of Ceramic Art
April 9th to May 7th, 2005
American Museum of Ceramic Art
340 S. Garey Avenue
Pomona, CA 91766
There exists in the Fukien (Fujian) province of China an ancient kiln site,
established during the Song dynasty, where the finest white tea leaves are
still cultivated. This historic site is littered with shards from the
handsome, dark glazed tea bowls produced for drinking the legendary
beverage. Called Chien Yao (Jian Kiln) bowls, they are characterized by deep
brown or subtle black glaze finishes; the brown or silver streaking referred
to as "hare’s fur," and "partridge feathers" refers to a dramatically black
glaze splashed by rust. Other glaze finishes are referred to as "oil spot,"
and reveal silvery splashes of iron crystals that have risen to the glaze
surface during the cooling process. Lost for centuries, the formulas and
firing techniques used to produce these rare glaze effects have recently
been researched and resurrected.
The website is

CALL FOR ENTRIES - Educational Poster Series - 100 Contemporary
International Teapots
The Chinese Clay Art Corporation is publishing an educational poster series
of ceramic art. We will select 100 teapots of varied forms, shapes, surfaces
and colors, with a variety of cultural origins and styles from the submitted
images entered. The poster will be 21" x 31" and be printed vertically in
full color. The posters will be printed in China and distributed worldwide
through our web store by the end of August 2005.
Eligibility: All artists world-wide may submit images. The main material
must be fired clay. All pictures need to be in 35mm slide or jpg format and
done by professional level photographers.
Prize: All artists whose work is selected for publication will receive 10
copies of the poster for free.
Deadline: April 30, 2005
Copyrights grant and signature:
I agree to grant the copyright of my selected works to Guangzhen Zhou /
Chinese Clay Art Corp. for printed educational materials to promote the
ceramic art, specifically for the poster of 100 Contemporary International
Your name (print and sign):______________________________Date:_____________
Contact: Please email the cyber images to:, or mail
your slides to:
Chinese Ceramic Art Council, USA
P.O. Box 1733
Cupertino, CA 95015, USA
LETTER from the International Academy of Ceramics,
Musée Ariana, 10 avenue de la Paix, CH-1202 Geneva, Switzerland
Tél. ++41 22 418 5476, Fax ++41 22 418 5451
Email: Web:

To: The Chinese Ceramic Art Council
Att. Mr. Guangzhen Zhou
PO Box 1733
Cupertino, CA 95015, U.S.A.
Date: 18th January 2005

Dear Sirs,
The International Academy of Ceramics grants its support to the Chinese
Ceramic Art Council and gives its permission to use, under your supervision,
the IAC logo for the endorsement and its promotional materials during 2005.

The IAC greatly values the experience and expertise of the Chinese Ceramic
Art Council and will appreciate collaborating with this institution, widely
recognized in the ceramics field as one of the innovative artistic centers.
Yours very sincerely,

Prof. Tony Franks, President
At the end of last year, the Chinese Clay Art Corporation received many new
products, such as many kinds of teapot handles, posters of Yixing teapots,
decals of butterflies, bugs and dragons. Recently we also developed and
imported many wood molds, such as of gold fish, a hen, roosters, and the
Chinese lion, plus a new kind of fettling knife, and some trimming tools. We
have been getting new products from China every quarter. Please visit our
website at for updated information and new products.
We will participate in the NCECA conference in Baltimore, Maryland, in
March—you are welcome to stop by our booth #301.
The list of new products:
MD 55A, Wood Mold, Gold Fish
MD 57A, Wood Mold, Hen
MD 57B, Wood Mold, Rooster
MD 59A, Wood Mold, Chinese Lion
CN 13B, Stainless Fettling Knife, Plastic handle with saw blade on other
OB 55, Tool Hanging Organizer with 5 pockets, h 8”x w 22”
OB 56, Tool Hanging Organizer with 6 pockets, h 30”x w 11”
OB 59, Tool Hanging Organizer with 9 pockets, h 32”x w 12”

New Product: Breathable Clay Board (patent pending)
Does the bottom of your greenware clay work always dry too slow? Does your
slab warp during the drying process because the top side dried too fast? The
Clay Board has many small breathing holes through from its surface to its
bottom and the surface is covered by canvas. Moisture from the bottom of
greenware will be able to escape easier and make your wet clay works dry
evenly and faster.
This product will come out in two sizes: 10” and 14” square. All of them
will be shipped to the US by May, 2005.
Glossary-Yixing Jun Glaze Ware
The Jun Glaze Garden Pottery is an important branch in Chinese ceramic
history. As far back as the Song Dynasty, the beauty of Jun ware resides in
its glaze colors which include Jun blue, Jun red, Jun copper, Jun white,
etc., more than thirty colors. Among them, the Jun blue glaze is the most
precious, with its special effects like star, halo, and flower. It wins its
reputation with the blue halo coming out of gray, brightly colored as the
butterfly flower. In Japan, it is called the trepang glaze. The piling-up
technique is used as traditional decoration for Jun pottery. The artist only
uses his thumbs to scrub, twist, press, and stroke the colored clay on its
base, making an impression of relief sculpture.
The Jun pottery products are mainly used in the garden, such as various
tables, benches, flower pots, vases, fish jars, and street lamps (some seven
meters high). They also produce a complete set of elegant dragon columns and
decoration for Chinese traditional architecture.
An earlier newsletter is on the Web at: