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.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Back to the blog

First of all I just want to say that it's totally brilliant to know that people are still reading the blog - thank you all for your comments. The adventure itself seems such a long time ago and at the time I had wondered if I wrote too frankly about my take on Fuping and its wonders. It was such a big experience, kind of traumatic and wonderful, and has totally informed my work, to the extent that I am now writing sci-fi about ceramics. And there is a brick factory somewhere in the mix...
About a year after coming back from China we had an exhibition, Bricks in the Rain, in Dublin and Cork. You can find out all about it on the Bricks in the Rain Facebook page. The film that Adrew Standen-Raz made about the residency, Made in China, was shown at the British Ceramics Biennial yesterday.
So the residency generated quite a bit of group activity in its aftermath but now everyone is doing their own thing so I've emailed everyone in the group for news and images and I will be posting these over the next few weeks.
I know that it is a nightmare to actually post comments / join the blog and will get advice on this. The next time I blog I will use a different hosting service.

Dr Eleanor Flegg
17 Vernon Street
Dublin 8
087 7693670

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