The Last Day of the Exposition of Bottles and Boxes in Vichte Belgium Sept 10

Still quite some people came to the exposition. We had some good conversations and last exchanges. 
It was wonderful to get to know so many artists from all over the world!!!
 

With Petra Lindenbauer from Austria.

With Petra Lindenbauer from Austria.

One of my bottles.

One of my bottles.

The organizers of the exposition and conference: Lou Schmedts, Gerda Genijn, Els Janssens, Chris Prinsen and Alvin Tan Teck Heng.

The organizers of the exposition and conference: Lou Schmedts, Gerda Genijn, Els Janssens, Chris Prinsen and Alvin Tan Teck Heng.

 

In the evening we had a farewell dinner. We had a wonderful time with some good food, music and songs!!

Song by Jan, Marta, Alvin and Miguel for Lou.                                                            

Marta Mugardes sings a song from Any Weinhaus.

Applauding for the performance.

Applauding for the performance.

All watching Jan play.

All watching Jan play.

Jan singing and playing on the guitar.

Jan singing and playing on the guitar.

 

 

I stayed in a Bed and Breakfast "De Dulle Koe". It was a wonderful new clean place and a very nice young couple Sybren and Celine taking care. Some animals roamed around on the farm and the mooing of the cow was my alarm clock in the morning! 

The hen and her chicks just some hours old.

The hen and her chicks just some hours old.

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De Dulle Koe

De Dulle Koe

Another relaxed day of exposition lectures and connecting on Sept. 9.

Lectures from several artist from Austria: Petra Lindenbauer, South Africa: Blayne Knox and Taiwan: Ming-Wen Lin and Shu Ling Wu.

 

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With Nora Van Driessche from Belgium.

With Nora Van Driessche from Belgium.

Dinner with Yvetti van den Berg from Netherlands, Martina Dielen from Netherlands, Yocelyne Blanchard from Canada, Karen Loader from South Africa and Monique Braune from Canada.

Dinner with Yvetti van den Berg from Netherlands, Martina Dielen from Netherlands, Yocelyne Blanchard from Canada, Karen Loader from South Africa and Monique Braune from Canada.

With Lou Schmedts the organizer of the whole exhibition, congress and International Ceramic Art Project.

With Lou Schmedts the organizer of the whole exhibition, congress and International Ceramic Art Project.

With Alvin Tan Teck Heng during Taiwanese tea ceremony presented by Kun-Chen Tsai

With Alvin Tan Teck Heng during Taiwanese tea ceremony presented by Kun-Chen Tsai

A nice Expo day in Vichte in the "Old Church" and tea ceremony by Kun-Chen Tsai of Taiwan on Sept 8.

Yesterday, the exposition was open again. It was a relaxed day with visitors, lectures and movies.
And the tea ceremony of Kun-Chen Tsai of Taiwan.


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Presentation by Karen Loader

Presentation by Karen Loader


 

 

The lecture of Karen Loader. She is from the UK but lives at the moment in South Africa. Her art work is inspired by nature which is her profession as botanist.

To a Brickyard Museum and a Beer Brewery on Sept 7

We left early in the morning to go to the Boom Brickyard Museum in the Rupelstreek.
The Romans introduced the ceramics for making roof tiles and bricks in Belgium but it got lost when the Roman Empire perished. Only in the 13th century, with the start of the monasteries the firing of bricks and roof tiles revived until this day. There is a huge clay deposit because of the big river de Schelde. Clay is gathered and processed, formed, dried and fired. There are different kind of clays: for the flower pots it is quite course; for the roof tiles less course and for the floor tiles clay with high plasticity and hardly no pores is used. There were many, many factories!

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During midday we drove to Brewery "The Anker" in the city Mechelen. There are many beer breweries in Belgium for which they are well-known.

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To Oostende on the beach on Sept 6

Some artists had left because of other commitments in life. With still a big group left we went with a tour bus to Oostende, a city near the beach. Fortunately, it did rain during the lunch what we enjoyed in a beautiful old hotel palace! Then we went out and enjoyed the beach, sea and walking around. 

 

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Visiting Brugge on Sept 5 with the congress C.A.P. group

Yesterday we did go on a bus to Brugge, a beautiful town with lots of Medieval houses from 1200-1500. It was an bustling international city with around 45.000 people living in it. Now there are about 20.000 people living in the city. And a very nice way to get to know each other better.

Gerda Genijn made a beautiful video of the day!

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Visiting Ghent on September 3

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The program of the Ceramic Art Project with the start of lectures would start at 1 pm.
With a little group (Denise Braune from Brasil; Christine Bruckner from France; Moniques Brown and sister Jocelyne Blanchard from Canada) we went to the city Ghent only a 1/2 hour from here. The weather was beautiful and the city still quite silenced on the Sunday morning!!

We had a beautiful walk through the inner city and of course some coffee on the Plaza with some band music!!!

 

 

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Opening Expositie "Bottles and Boxes" from the International Ceramic Art Project in Vichte Belgium

It is already Monday. The time flies: so many beautiful art works and people from all over the world to see and meet!

On Saturday September 2 was the opening ceremony by Lou Schmedts and Alvin Tan Teck Heng as honorary artist.

And some beautiful music from a Horn Septet!

Many people already visited.
We ended the day with a delicious dinner for all the participants and spouses who were there.

Artists are from India, Singapore, Hong Kong; Sweden; Taiwan; Belgium; South Africa; Croatia; Netherlands; France; Switzerland; Turkey; Spain; United Kingdom; Germany; Slovania; Denmark; Canada; Austria; USA; Romania.

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Signing of Poster from the International Ceramic Art Project "Bottles and Boxes"

Signing of Poster from the International Ceramic Art Project "Bottles and Boxes"

World Ceramic Craft & Art biennale in Belgium: “Bottles and Boxes”

It has been a while that I posted a blog.
But this time I will try to keep it up especially now that I created my new website which makes it easier to see my art and follow my entries.

 

Today, I will go to Vichte in Belgium to show some of my Glazed Horsehair Bottles in this exhibition and to attend the congress of lectures, movies and outings with many interesting ceramic artists from over the world.