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Made in China: The Carving Skills of Porcelain City

See below for dates / 1pm and 3pm each day / Free (booking required) / Sainsbury Centre Studio (meet at Gallery Reception)

Tue 12 Dec | 1pm & 3pm
Wed 13 Dec | 1pm & 3pm


Earlier this year a celadon bowl made 1,000 years ago during the Song dynasty in China sold for a record-breaking $37.7 million.  If you have ever wondered where such bowls were made and who made them now is your chance to find out!

The Sainsbury Centre is hosting demonstrations on Tuesday and Wednesday 12th and 13th December at 1pm and 3pm.  Artist Roger Law will introduce you to two of his long-term collaborators - master carver of fine porcelain, Mr Wu Song Ming, and Joey Zhou who has photographed and recorded the city of Jingdezhen, also known as Porcelain City.

As Mr Wu Song Ming demonstrates porcelain carving, Roger will describe what it is like to work in the workshops of Jingdezhen and Joey Zhou will reveal Jingdezhen as a historic centre for porcelain – the envy of the world for centuries – and still at work today.  All three will answer your questions.

This promises to be a unique opportunity to witness an exchange between artists of very different cultures and to understand that the skills that made the carved pots for the Imperial Palace in Beijing are still alive. The towering vessels and delicate plates on display in the exhibition Roger Law: From Satire to Ceramics, are a testament to this. 

12 December

13 December

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