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October Meeting


The October meeting of the WOCG will happen on Saturday, October 28 at the home of Kirby Rodriguez, 516 Duke Street, in old town Alexandria. Our speaker will be Professor Maris Gillette of Haverford College, Pennsylvania. Dr. Gillette will discuss her recent study stay in Jingdezhen, Jiangxi Province, the 1000-year old center of Chinese porcelain production. Maris, who was a Fellow of the Freer and Sackler in 2005, is a specialist on modern
Jingdezhen potters.

RSVP to David Rehfuss, or 703 503 3195. Please plan to arrive around 5:30 pm. This event is a potluck. When you RSVP let David know what dish or drink you'll bring to Kirby's home.

The WOCG set up its permanent website at the time of the Towson exhibition. We intend to keep this site up-to-date with member's news, other ceramic developments and links to other ceramic websites. Right now it has all of the pots from our spring 2006 show and WOCG news. This site is a work in progress. Your suggestions on how to keep this attractive site fully up-to-date and interesting are sincerely solicited.

15th century Vietnamese storage jar
Large 15th century Vietnamese storage jar now on display in the British Museum.

Jan Stuart, FSG Curator of Chinese art and WOCG member, has just been appointed to the prestigious position as keeper of Oriental Antiquities at the British Museum, London. This is a great honor and large responsibility in one of the greatest museums in the world. We wish her well in her fabulous new job.

The Freer Gallery will host a one-day event on Saturday, November 4, 2006 at the opening of the year-long presentation of Freer's ceramics arranged by the Australian ceramic artist Gwyn Hanssen Pigott. When Ms. Pigott was recently invited to visit Freer Gallery ceramics storage to assemble groups from the gallery's permanent collection, she chose at will from cases of Chinese, Korea, Japanese, and Near Eastern vessels. Ignoring date and place and focusing wholly on color, form, pattern, and relationship, her approach was curiously sympathetic to the taste of Charles Lang Freer, who had chosen most of the selected objects a century earlier. Ms. Pigott's seven creations will gather seventy-two Freer ceramics in surprising new relationships. Simultaneously, her own new work will be presented in an exhibition organized by the Australian Embassy. On Saturday, November 4 the Freer will host a number of events related to this opening. Check the FSG website and its quarterly newsletter for details.

Directions to 516 Duke Street and parking options follow:

The nearest Metro stop is King Street, Blue Line, about 10 minutes by taxi from 516 Duke.

From Washington:

  1. Take George Washington Parkway, go south past National Airport (GW Parkway becomes Washington Street in Alexandria),
  2. Continue south on Washington Street to Duke Street (which is two blocks beyond King Street),
  3. Turn left at Duke Street light; continue straight past St. Asaph Street to 516 Duke, which is the second house on right,
  4. Pull into driveway beside 516 Duke to pick up a permit for street parking,
    -Or- continue on another half-block to Pitt Street, turn left on Pitt and go two blocks to Holiday Inn Parking.

From the Beltway:

  1. Use Exit 177, follow signs for Route 1 north or Alexandria Old Town. This is a construction site and exit signs change regularly,
  2. Follow Route 1 North to Duke Street (approx. eight-ten blocks),
  3. Turn right on Duke, continue five more blocks to 516 Duke,
  4. Pull into driveway beside 516 Duke to pick up a permit for street parking,
    -Or- continue on another half-block to Pitt Street, turn left on Pitt and go two blocks to Holiday Inn Parking.

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