May 11, 2009

Jingdezhen tile for Argentina

In early April, while working at the Jingdezhen Ceramics Institute 景德镇陶瓷学院 in Jiangxi Province, China, the porcelain center of the universe, I received an email request from Cristina del Castillo to join in a collective mural tile project "Tiles of Artists III" in Argentina. I began a porcelain tile to the specifications requested. The color theme is blue and green, perfect for the Jingdezhen porcelain tradition. On the last night of my stay in Jingdezhen I was joined in my studio by an enthusiastic group of students and artists to paint the tile I had prepared. I had inscribed a circle on the square tile and then a grid upon the circle. Certain squares were prepainted with either green or cobalt blue underglaze. We could each choose to sgraffito (carve through) the color or paint with underglaze color on the white parts. I left the tile in the hands of Zhong, who glazed and fired it and has by now shipped it off to Argentina. Here are some pictures and videos of that night and the tile.

Xiao Li 李鹏, John Zhong钟友健, Tony Bi, We Fei 吴菲, Judith Motzkin 莫思怡, James Gao 高翔 , Dean Huang黄金雷, Hu Di 胡笛(Li Wenying, Ric Swenson, Agatha Gao, Kim and others also contributed)

TonyBi and Wu Fei signing the tile

Wu Fei


James, John, Dean

Hu Di

the fired tile

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