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Ceramics in China Fall Program

A comprehensive study opportunity for the serious advanced or professional ceramic artist/potter is available to WVU ceramics students through a partnership with The Pottery Workshop in Jingdezhen, China during the fall semester. The Imperial Porcelain City of Jingdezhen is the crown jewel of ceramics.

The fall semester program will take place from early September thru mid-December. (Exact dates will be determined by international ticket availability). This program offers 12 credit hours of advanced undergraduate, graduate or professional level studies in ceramics, basic language and culture and Chinese ceramic art history. The program is led by WVU ceramics faculty members Shoji Satake and Boomer Moore.

This is a special cultural and educational opportunity that offers students an in-depth study experience that may be a once in a lifetime chance to engage in a creative and cultural experience that will help shape their future as ceramic artists and contributing members of the world’s creative community.

Eligibility

This course is open to anyone interested in Chinese ceramics and culture.

Apply for the Fall program now through our unofficial application

If you're a ceramic artist that is interested in being a Visiting Artist at the Ceramics in China Fall semester program, you may apply for consideration.

Apply to be a Visting Artist now

Visiting artist applicants wishing to be a visiting artist during the Fall program must apply by October 1 of the year prior to the proposed semester in residence.

Cost

Tuition and fees for the Fall Ceramics in China program totals $13,800.*

*Prices may vary slightly. This cost includes additional fees required by West Virginia University.

This fee covers the entire cost of International airfare, in-country travel, all program fees, insurance, living accommodations and 12 transferable credits from West Virginia University.

Participants will be expected to pay for tools not supplied by the program, brushes, personal acquisitions, and local travel outside of the program. Students may also be expected to purchase their own meal accommodations during the Beijing visit.

Credits

This course fulfills 12 Credits and includes:
6 Credits: Studio Ceramics
3 Credits Chinese Ceramic Art History
3 Credits Basic Language and Culture

Itinerary

A comprehensive study opportunity for the serious advanced or professional ceramic artist/potter is available to WVU ceramics students through a partnership with The Pottery Workshop in Jingdezhen, China during the fall semester. The Imperial Porcelain City of Jingdezhen is the crown jewel of ceramics.

The fall semester program will take place from early September thru mid-December. (Exact dates will be determined by international ticket availability). This program offers 12 credit hours of advanced undergraduate, graduate or professional level studies in ceramics, basic language and culture and Chinese ceramic art history. The program is led by WVU ceramics faculty members Shoji Satake and Boomer Moore.

This is a special cultural and educational opportunity that offers students an in-depth study experience that may be a once in a lifetime chance to engage in a creative and cultural experience that will help shape their future as ceramic artists and contributing members of the world’s creative community.

Travel

Travel the seemingly-unchanged streets that once transported “crown jewel porcelains” to the royal courts of emperors and kings and enabled the people of the world to marvel at the superior skill of Chinese artisans.

Participants in the Fall Semester program will have the opportunity to familiarizes themselves and assist in the preparation of local Chinese cuisine, study Tai-Che, become acquainted with faculty and students of Jingdezhen, and local artisans.

Local travel will introduce you to Ming dynasty villages that abound in early architecture and historical remains of ceramic activity that lead to Jingdezhen’s status as the “porcelain capital of the world.”

The semester will conclude with travel to Xian and Beijing. In the Xian area — the capital of early China, the center of the Qin Empire, and the center for silk route trade — students will visit the Terra Cotta soldiers of Emperor Qin’s burial, the Bampo matriarchal village, Xian’s municipal museum, the “Great Mosque,” Famen temple and more.

A visit to the ancient mountain top pottery village of Chen lu will introduce students to the now dwindling numbers of traditional potters who carry on the ancient traditions of Yaoware porcelain.

In Beijing, students will visit the Forbidden City, Tianeneman square, a variety of history and culture museums, the silk markets, and China’s foremost art academy, the Beijing Central Academy of Art.

Faculty Contact

Shoji Satake
Associate Professor and Director, WVU China Ceramics Program
shoji.satake@mail.wvu.edu