Earth and Fire The 3rd Southeast Asian Ceramics Symposium

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Contributed by Workhouse Arts Center

Exhibition: September 12-October 19
Symposium: October 10-12

Earth and Fire opens doors to collaboration among 35 leading ceramic artists of both East and West and the projection of possibilities for this encounter are endless. This will mark the very first time that this group of Southeast Asian ceramic artists will have direct contact with an audience in the United States.

Ceramics has played an important role in the Southeast Asian (SEA) region, where daily life and the use of pottery have always been intertwined. Bound by geographic and cultural ties, 10 countries — Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Laos, Brunei, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Myanmar – today make up the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), a regional bloc formed to reduce conflicts and achieve harmony in that part of the world.

The 3rd Southeast Asian Ceramics Symposium entitled Earth and Fire will take place at the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, Virginia. The networking phase of this project was funded by the Asian Cultural Council in New York. This conference will provide a meeting place for an exchange of ideas and cultural practices between these artists and the local artists, students, and scholars. The interaction would introduce the viewers to a variety of perspectives offered by different artists in today’s society. The view that art is important for the survival of humanity will prevail in the conference, which will also aid the region’s artists in the globalized appreciation of their work.

Details:
· This event will feature the works of 35 leading ceramics artists from: Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Myanmar.

· The exhibition will be on display in the Vulcan Gallery at the Workhouse Arts Center from September 12 – October 19. A public opening reception with food, music and short artist talks will take place on October 9, 6-8pm.

· The culmination of the exhibit will be a three day symposium (Oct. 10-12, 2014), where 12 ceramic artists Thailand, Philippines, Singapore will demonstrate their techniques and present lectures.

· The first ASEAN gathering was in 2009. A 10-day workshop-cum-exhibit was held in Makati city, Philippines at The Ayala Museum. The meeting was sponsored by a Toyota Foundation and included 27 artists from 7 Southeast Asian countries.

· In 2012, the second ASEAN gathering took place at the FLICAM museums in Fuping, China. A group of 22 artists from 6 SEA countries worked in China for a month to create 350 pieces for FLICAM’s Museum of Southeast Asian Art. The event was sponsored by FuTo industries.

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Vipoo Srivilasa, “shell monster”, porcelain, oxidation fired, hand built, 18” Vipoo is a Thai ceramic artist who currently resides in Australia. His works are permanent collections in museums and institutions in Australia, USA, Canada, Tasmania, and New South Wales. His work has been published in many international magazines and books. His works reflect the traditional blue and white wares of Thailand, in which he interprets into his own style. He is an important figure in connecting the Thai and Australian contemporary ceramic artists. www.vipoo.com

· A detailed schedule of the lectures and workshops associated with the symposium will be online at www.WorkhouseArts.org

Jon Pettyjohn, “vase”, stoneware, wood fired, wheel thrown, 20” Jon is a wood fire ceramic artist from the Philippines, and is the pioneer of contemporary Philippine ceramic artists.  He has educated and inspired many of the next generation of studio potters.  He has been making kilns and pots since the 70's. He is known for his functional works and for his large globular wood fired jars. Recently, Jon has been conducting workshops in Japan.

Jon Pettyjohn, “vase”, stoneware, wood fired, wheel thrown, 20”
Jon is a wood fire ceramic artist from the Philippines, and is the pioneer of contemporary Philippine ceramic artists. He has educated and inspired many of the next generation of studio potters. He has been making kilns and pots since the 70’s. He is known for his functional works and for his large globular wood fired jars. Recently, Jon has been conducting workshops in Japan.

Hadrian Mendoza, “Let’s Talk”, stoneware, salt fired, hand built, 48” Hadrian is a ceramic artist from the Philippines and currently resides in Virginia. He is a resident artist at the Workhouse. He has curated and organized the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Southeast Asian ceramic conferences held in the Philippines, China, and the USA. His works are permanent collections in museums and institutions in the Philippines, USA, China, Japan, Korea, Thailand, and Cambodia. He has written several articles for Ceramics Art and Perception magazine. He has also recieved grants from the Toyota Foundation Japan, Futo Industries (China), and the Asian Cultural Council (NY), all of which have supported his Southeast Asian ceramics conferences. www.hadrianmendozapottery.com

Hadrian Mendoza, “Let’s Talk”, stoneware, salt fired, hand built, 48”
Hadrian is a ceramic artist from the Philippines and currently resides in Virginia. He is a resident artist at the Workhouse. He has curated and organized the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Southeast Asian ceramic conferences held in the Philippines, China, and the USA. His works are permanent collections in museums and institutions in the Philippines, USA, China, Japan, Korea, Thailand, and Cambodia. He has written several articles for Ceramics Art and Perception magazine. He has also recieved grants from the Toyota Foundation Japan, Futo Industries (China), and the Asian Cultural Council (NY), all of which have supported his Southeast Asian ceramics conferences. www.hadrianmendozapottery.com

Naidee Changmoh, “Little Monk”, terra cotta, wood fired, hand built, 28” Naidee is a Thai ceramic artist who is known for his "monk" sculptures. His works are large scale, and has created his own technique in which he pinches coils of clay into large forms. He created "Naidee Village" in Thailand, which is made of 9 cement/clay huts. The village took 3 years to make by hand with only one assistant. He has exhibited his works in Australia, Thailand, and China. This marks the first time Naidee’s work will be on exhibit in the USA.

Naidee Changmoh, “Little Monk”, terra cotta, wood fired, hand built, 28”
Naidee is a Thai ceramic artist who is known for his “monk” sculptures. His works are large scale, and has created his own technique in which he pinches coils of clay into large forms. He created “Naidee Village” in Thailand, which is made of 9 cement/clay huts. The village took 3 years to make by hand with only one assistant. He has exhibited his works in Australia, Thailand, and China. This marks the first time Naidee’s work will be on exhibit in the USA.

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