Jingdezhen Story: Chinese Ceramic arts in the Past, the Present, and the FutureVIEW EVENT DETAILS
Bat Cave: Treasures of the Day and Creatures of the Night Educational Offerings
Presenter: Takeshi Yasuda, British Ceramic artist, Red House Ceramics Studio Co-founder
*Conducted in English
Bat Cave: Treasures of the Day and Creatures of the Night, is an exhibition that for the first time connects the outdoor fruit bats at the site of Asia Society Hong Kong Center with traditional Chinese art on “bats” inside the Chantal Miller Gallery. Through a rich selection of traditional Chinese ceramics, jade carvings, paintings and textiles, coupled with a contemporary response project of digital and mural art by the Chinese artist Sun Xun, the exhibition aims to change some of the stereotypes tied to traditional Chinese art and present a harmonious synthesis of the old and new to the audience in a modern and fun context.
Most of the ceramics selected in this exhibition were made in Jingdezhen, the porcelain city of China. To introduce more recent developments of ceramic art in the town, Asia Society Hong Kong Center has invited world renowned ceramic artist, Takeshi Yasuda, who has been living and working in Jingdezhen for more than 11 years, to share his stories, insights and perspective on ceramic art in Jingdezheng.
Takeshi Yasuda is a British potter who was born in Tokyo, Japan in 1943. He trained at Daisei-Gama Pottery, Mashiko, Japan from 1963 to 65 and established his first studio there. In 1973, he moved to the UK and resided there for 40 years. He has taught ceramics at various art schools and university across the UK including the Royal Academy of Arts. From 2005 until 2010, Yasuda served as Director of the Pottery Workshop and helped build up the residence program in Jingdezhen, China, after which he established his own studio in the Jingdezhen Sculpture Factory. He is one of the most significant ceramic artist in the town.
From Nov 26th to Dec 2nd, Yasuda will hold his first solo exhibition in Hong Kong at Yan Gallery. Selected works have also been chosen for display in the group exhibition “Inspired by Barcelona” at PMQ from 27th Nov to 30th Dec.
With experiences in Japan, England, and China, Yasuda feels there is certainly a pattern that is created during the modernization of cultures and that each country may develop its own unique style of modernity based on the adaption and fusion of patterns from one culture to another.
In this lecture, Yasuda will not only share his experience in Jingdezhen as a British artist, but also share his point of view on the past, the present, and the future of Chinese ceramic arts. Alongside Takeshi Yasuda, audience members will also learn more about the porcelain city.
Jingdezhen was considered one of China’s four great towns in terms of commercial and industrial importance in Ming and Qing dynasties. Jingdezhen’s wares had been used by the royal family since Song dynasty. It’s fully developed ceramic industry and its high quality porcelain made Jingdezhen famous internationally and attracted numerous ceramic artists around the world to settle in the city.