Our journey will begin with a stay in Shanghai, exploring the city for four days before we venture on to Jingdezhen. Shanghai is a vibrant cultural center of China, embracing its past as well as its present. This port city, located on the Huangpo River, has a long history but became known for the influx of Western culture in the early part of the 20th century leading to the city’s nickname, “Paris of the East.” From the mansions, social clubs and cathedrals built by westerners to the ancient temples, gardens and residences of old China, Shanghai displays is a distinctive blend of cultures. Students will learn of Shanghai’s cultural and artistic past through visits to the 400-year old Yuyuan Garden, the 3rd century Jing’an Temple and Qibao Ancient Town (established during the Northern Song Dynasty, 960-1127), which provides insights into China’s cricket culture and famous shadow puppet theater. In the second leg of the trip we will travel to Jingdezhen, China, the “porcelain capital of the world,” where ceramics have been produced for about 2,000 years. While there, students will participate in a two-week “hands on” studio program located in the Education Center at The Pottery Workshop. The Pottery Workshop is an International Residency organization that hosts artists, students and teachers to experience life in Jingdezhen while producing art, specifically ceramics. The program provides accommodations for students to explore traditional Chinese methods and materials within the scope of a personalized studio practice. Learn more.
Kiln-formed glass course
The KCAI ceramics department was featured in an Oct. 7, 2009, broadcast of “Craft in America” on PBS. The second hour of the two-hour program included a 10-minute segment about the strength of the KCAI ceramics program and featured interviews with Cary Esser (’78 ceramics), chair of the department; Professor George Timock; and several KCAI students and alumni.
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