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.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Making Tang glazes

The glaze in process is used to mimic a distinctive tri-colour glaze used in Tang Dynasty ceramics (618-907AD). The main ingredient is red lead. This is a toxic, cumulative ingredient absorbed through the skin.


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  2. Hi everybody on the project, we keep reading the site every morning over our cup of coffee.
    What an adventure you are having, best of luck with the work and cant wait to hear the uncut version i.e. Mandy running after the locals with a meat clever for stealing her bag of clay.
    Will we send Jason over with phase tester to check the kilns.
    PS Does everybody know that Elaine has a stash of coffee, CHEERS