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.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

The skies are full of potters

Finally it's flying day! It's hard to credit the amount of administration that brought us to this moment. Sixteen lives have been wrapped up and put on hold. Sixteen families persuaded to manage without someone for six weeks. Sixteen incomes suspended. Sixteen tickets bought, bags packed, visas stamped. Next stop China!


  1. Three flightless potters...
    So, after a one hour forty-five minute delay on our flight from Dublin to Amsterdam yesterday, our onward flight to Beijing was gone without us. Tina, Laura and I spent the night at an Ibis courtesy of KLM. With our complimentary t-shirt, socks, razor, shaving cream, toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, moisturiser, laundry liquid and make-up remover what more could you want for a night in Amsterdam!
    Our rescheduled flight leaves at 5.30pm today, so looks like we have time for some unplanned sight seeing.

  2. Unpredictability, randomness, indeterminacy, serendipity........isn't that what keeps us engaged with clay. Have a good trip y'all.

  3. 2nd attempt to get to China!! Amsterdam was wet and soggy!! but the coffee was good! Flight is at 5.30.... fingers crossed we just rescued the alcohol all 6 bottles of it!! from the squirrels nest and are hoping they will let us on with it!