An important and valuable part of my student learning came from visiting ceramic factories in Shewan, Jigdezhen, Tahua in the South and Than Shan in the North of China.
There I observed the ceramics landscape, masters at work and listened to their teaching. At the same time, I exercised in techniques learned.
I spent two months in Shewan, near Guangdong, a famous ceramic center for artistic stoneware, well known for a tradition of expressive, historical, cultural, famous figures of modeled glazed stoneware, used along some natural colored unglazed stoneware clay.
I was fortunate to work alongside a locally born famous artist, considered a national treasure, who defined, refined and develop further the local artistic tradition of Shewan.
I was told that talent of his magnitude appears locally once in 500 years.
To develop further this particular valuable artistic tradition, a research center with all facilities was built there, and we (my Polish colleague and me) were housed and worked there.
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