October 4 Visiting tour day in Taipei

First , we did go to the National Palace Museum in Taipei. A huge museum with of course lots of ceramic art.

 Yixing ware with painted enamels, 15th year of the Daoguang reign 1835.

Yixing ware with painted enamels, 15th year of the Daoguang reign 1835.

 Red dragons in “Wucai” polychrome enamels, Qing Dynasty 1662 - 1722.

Red dragons in “Wucai” polychrome enamels, Qing Dynasty 1662 - 1722.

 Jade ewer with lotus-style handle, Ming Dynasty, 1463 - 1644 C.E.

Jade ewer with lotus-style handle, Ming Dynasty, 1463 - 1644 C.E.

We had a delicious lunch after which we went to the Beitou Hot Spring Museum. A beautiful Japanese bath house. It was built in 1911 during the Japanese rule of Taiwan. After the handover to China it had several uses. In 1998 it was totally renovated into a historical site.

Then we went to the Dalongdong Baoan Temple, a Taiwanese Folk religion temple. The site was built from 1805-1830 and is now a Cultural Heritage site.There are so many decorations!! Just incredible!

 Decoration on top of the temple gate.

Decoration on top of the temple gate.

 Holy watch dog.

Holy watch dog.

 Many holy stories.

Many holy stories.

 Scene of holy story.

Scene of holy story.

 The inner temple.

The inner temple.

 The dragon signifies strength, power and good luck.

The dragon signifies strength, power and good luck.

 The holy tiger, the king of all beasts and represents powerful energy.

The holy tiger, the king of all beasts and represents powerful energy.

48th International Academy of Ceramics in Taiwan.

Today September 30, 2018 is the opening of the 48th International Academy of Ceramics in Taiwan.
I flew there yesterday straight from Amsterdam.

I met already some friends.
The conference was opened by the Mayor of Taipei City.
Then the Director of the National Museum of History Liao, Hsin-tien gave the keynote speech about that art can express better what is difficult to say in words: West wind blowing to the East: The “Re-Orientalization”.

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Conference logo

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Introduction by Mayor of Taipei City

 Discussion about the topic of the conference with the president of the IAC Jaques Kaufmann.

Discussion about the topic of the conference with the president of the IAC Jaques Kaufmann.

 Explanation of the conference.

Explanation of the conference.

In the afternoon we went to the city Yingge where they have the Yingge Ceramics Museum. It showed the wonderful works of the member of the AIC. The museum’s permanent collection showed the history of ceramics in Taiwan. Then we walked through the ceramics park with many ceramic works to the building where they offer the residency program and saw the great studios and spaces where you can do your research work for about 2 months.

 Member art work by Shamai Gibsh.

Member art work by Shamai Gibsh.

 Artwork in Yingge Ceramic Park.

Artwork in Yingge Ceramic Park.

 Explanation of the Member exhibition of the IAC at the Yingge Ceramics Art Museum and Center.

Explanation of the Member exhibition of the IAC at the Yingge Ceramics Art Museum and Center.

 Opening ceremonie in the evening of the IAC Conference.

Opening ceremonie in the evening of the IAC Conference.

In the evening we had a great party and the IAC new member ceremony.


Day 2 started with 2 special lectures.
The 1st one was a discussion with 2 famous artist Yasuo Hayashi and Yang Yuan-tai during which there was a slide show from their works.
The 2nd lecture was by Nara Yoshitomo about his artworks: painting and clay.

 Talk with Yasuo Hayashi and Nara Yoshitomo.

Talk with Yasuo Hayashi and Nara Yoshitomo.

 The exposition at the National Taiwan University of Arts.

The exposition at the National Taiwan University of Arts.

 Beautiful forest artwork.

Beautiful forest artwork.

 A beautiful porcelain vessel.

A beautiful porcelain vessel.

 Another beautiful artwork.

Another beautiful artwork.

In the afternoon we did go to the National Taiwan University of Arts where they had a created a special exhibition from Taiwanese artist for our conference. It was beautiful.

After that we drove to the Farglory Museum with the Golden Teapot Exhibition. So many teapots: so interesting and beautiful.

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 Evelyne Schoenmann’s teapot! Congratulations!

Evelyne Schoenmann’s teapot! Congratulations!

 Love this teapot.

Love this teapot.

 Another nice teapot.

Another nice teapot.



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 Smedts, Gerda Genijn, Els Janssens, Chris Prinsen and Alvin Tan Teck Heng.

The organizers of the exposition and conference: Lou Smedts, 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 Smedts the organizer of the whole exhibition, congress and International Ceramic Art Project.

With Lou Smedts 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!

https://www.facebook.com/gerda.genijn/videos/1124598104307150/

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.