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Transnationalism in Porcelain Ceramics


The White Road: A Pilgrimage of Sorts with Edmund de Waal
James MacKean takes us along with English potter and author Edmund de Waal to Venice – where he was an invited artist at the 2019 Venice Biennale, creating two exhibitions jointly titled ‘Psalm’ – including a major new work the Library of Exile. We then look back to the life of that most famous Venetian – Marco Polo – and the emergence of white porcelains from China along the trade routes of the Silk Road.

James MacKean is a collector of oriental ceramics and the TAASA Queensland Convenor.



Yanagi Soetsu and Korean Porcelains: An Inspiration in Establishing Japan’s Folk Craft Movement
Penny Bailey discusses Yanagi’s contact in the 1910s and 1920s with the visual culture of Korea, and how Chosŏn dynasty (1392–1910) paekcha porcelains helped to inspire his formulation of the mingei (folk craft) theory that grew out of the establishment of the Japan Folk Crafts Movement from 1926.

Penny Bailey is a researcher in Japanese and Korean art history at The University of Queensland. Her doctoral research examined the ways in which the founder of Japan’s Mingei (Folk Craft) Movement, Yanagi Sōetsu, theorised Korean visual cultures during Korea’s colonial period (1910–1945) in an effort to campaign for Korean sovereignty.


How to Register: Please email Mandy Ridley to secure your place

Registration (only available to current TAASA members) closes Friday 18 September. Registered participants will be sent the link a day or two before the lecture. If you have not used Zoom before, there is no need to download it in advance. Just follow the prompts after you click on the link that will be sent to you upon registration and your device will download and connect you to Zoom.

Once you have registered with Mandy, if you find you can no longer attend this talk please advise her so that waitlisted members can take your place.


20 September, 2020
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm AEST
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