It was a wonderful conference that provided an opportunity to American potters to get a close look of Jingdezhan porcelain making process.
There were 5 demonstrations going simultaneously; Wheel throwing, Trimming, Under glaze decoration, Over glaze decoration, and Slab-building. Each master has been working in his/ her professional field more than 10 years. They were like treasure boxes for the attendances to explore.
If you missed this conference, you can visit Odyssey Clay Center and Penland this Wednesday (slide presentation only) and ECU Speight Auditorium on March 14 and 15 (demo and penal discussion.)
5 presenters from left to right (in front of monitors): Master Feng, Shangjin (overglaze painter), Prof. Feng, Weina (underglaze painter), Master Dai, Guanyu (trimmer), Master Zhan, Shaolin (thrower), and Master Xie, Zhenghua (slab building)
Master Zhan, Shaolin - throwing with no sponge and no cutting wire. He apply slip from his hands to pot and cut off pieces from the hump by fingers
7 hours of works (more pieces on floor). Some pieces were designed by audiences with specific dimensions
Taking a short break in front of his works
Master Xie, Zhenghua joining slabs with no scoring. On Jingdezhen porcelain, scoring would create uneven join surface and increase shrinkage.