Frisbeehead wrote:Hey JBaymore just curious, can you speak Mandarin/read Hanzi?
Also, aside from what you mentioned, what did you do while you were there?
Nope... my Mandarin is limited to a couple of very simple phrases. Japanese I can speak ... I somehow can't get my head wrapped around Chinese. Just doesn't work...... though I've tried a bit. We had interpreters assigned to us......which was a godsend. (Japanese lets me get the gist of some signs...because of the shared characters meanings.)
Busy as heck while over there. At the core of the trip this time, I was there taking some of my college ceramics major students to an international ceramics symposium.
I had my work in an exhibition of about 30 selected international artists at the Jingdezhen Pottery Festival, had my work in another much larger exhibition at Wuxi Institute of Arts and Technology in Yixing, was demonstrating some of my making techniques in Jingdezhen at the Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute, gave a lecture on wood kilns at the Wuxi Institute of Technology in Yixing. Attended lectures and demo presentation by many others......... including porcelain artists from Jingdezhen and teapot makers form Yixing. Attended a seminar on the dragon kilns. Plus we "ate our way thru China"! In Beijing, I also visited the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace, the Olympic Park, the "old town" part of Beijing, and ArtZone 798 (amazing place).
Did some teapot and tools and materials shopping in Yixing and Jingdezhen.
My third time in China.....all ceramics related, and all involving doing presentations or receiving awards there.