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Confucius Institute to hold symposium on Chinese ceramic art Oct. 13

Contact: Peggy Binette 803-777-5400

Learn about the art and history of Chinese ceramics at a symposium Oct. 13 at the University of South Carolina.

After a morning workshop, the symposium will feature a series of afternoon presentations at McKissick Museum and an evening lecture at McMaster.

All events are free and open to the public.

“This symposium, which follows ‘Eye to the East,’ a large show of Chinese ceramics, which was on display in 2009 at the Columbia Museum of Art and sponsored by the Confucius Institute, presents the best scholarship on Chinese ceramic art in the history of South Carolina,” said Dr. Tan Ye, director of the Confucius Institute.

Ye said people who attend will leave with a rich understanding of the ancient traditions, artistry and influence of Chinese ceramics, including pottery and porcelain.

The daylong event will begin with a workshop and ceramics demonstration by Jiansheng Li, a ceramic artist from Jindezhen, China, and Gary Erickson, a ceramics professor at Macalester College, from 10 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. in McMaster College, Room 103.

Afternoon sessions will be from 3 – 6 p.m. on the museum’s first floor and will feature presentations on the tradition and history of Chinese ceramics and how to authenticate them. The schedule includes:

• “Authenticating Chinese Porcelain” by Xinyu Shen, senior research fellow at the Hangzhou Historical Museum;

• “Lost Art: The Ceramics of Xixia Kingdom” by Tian Hang, an artist and historian of Chinese ceramic art;

• “The Art of Porcelain Capital Jingdezhen” by Li;

• “Jingdezehn and Me” by Erickson; and

• “Ceramic Art in Taiwan” by Scotchie.

B.J Zhang, a Chinese artist and USC graduate student in art, will share his views on contemporary Chinese art in a presentation at 8:15 p.m. in McMaster College. His talk is titled “Modern Art in China and Me.”

An exhibit of Southern pottery influenced by Chinese ceramic traditions will be on display in the second floor of McKissick Museum. Included will be examples of the alkaline-glazed stoneware tradition from Edgefield along with master works from the Jugtown Pottery in Seagrove, N.C.

The Chinese Ceramic Art symposium is co-sponsored by USC’s Confucius Institute and the College of Arts and Sciences’ department of art. For more information, contact Sandra Sabo in the Confucius Institute at 803-777-7660 or via email at

USC is the first research university in South Carolina to establish a Confucius Institute (CI) in collaboration with the Beijing Language and Culture University (BLCU) and the Office of Chinese Language Council International, a division of the Chinese Ministry of Education.

For more information about the CI, its programs and events, visit the website:

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Posted: 10/03/11 @ 8:00 PM | Updated: 10/13/11 @ 1:16 PM | Permalink