In September 2011, a group of Irish ceramic artists will travel to the Chinese town of Fuping, Shaanxi, to make the foundation collection for the newly built Irish Pavilion at the Fule International Ceramic Art Museum. The Irish Pavilion will showcase the best of the new wave of ceramic art emerging from Ireland, marrying the ancient techniques of the East to our own cultural traditions. It is a permanent exhibition space created to house the work of those ceramic artists whose subtlety, skill and vision captures the spirit of contemporary Ireland. Eleanor Flegg, writer, and Andrew Standen Raz, film maker and photographer, will travel with the group to document the residency. The Irish Pavilion opens on the 4th October 2011.
The blog is written by Eleanor Flegg, whose opinions may not necessarily reflect those of the group.

Sunday, August 28, 2011


Shanghai! Electric candy-land with skyscrapers lit up like a fairground and also Gotham City looming out of the smoky smog. There's a narrow margin between glitzy buildings and small pungent back streets.The roads are nuts. People drive on the left and the right, but mostly on the right, and traffic lights mean something unusual in terms of stop and go. Scooters use the bike lane in both directions. All sorts of fun. After a day of museums and tea and potteries, ceramics new and very, very old, of Muslim food and esoteric visions, of culture and disorientation, its time to turn in. Ten of us here, others in Beijing and all of us in transit. Xi'an tomorrow. 
Some bamboo firewall issues persist. We're working on it (it sounds so flammable....)

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