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1 November 2006 Newsletter

Short Notice Meeting Friday, November 10

We have on short notice a special speaker who is in town only next week. Etsuko Rodriguez is a Japanese-trained art historian specializing in trade and Southeast Asian ceramics. Several years ago Etsuko was a Fellow at the Sackler. Some of you may remember during that earlier visit she spoke on trade ceramics to the WOCG. Ms. Rodriguez, a lecturer at Universidad de Santiago de Compostela, Spain, is in the U.S. to participate in a Asia and Spanish America symposium at the Denver Art Museum.

After Denver she will travel to Washington for the week of November 5-11 where she will continue her work on the Hauge Collection in the Sackler. While here Etsuko will speak to the WOCG about the celebrated Spanish Galleon trade, which for centuries carried Chinese luxury products including porcelains and silks from Manila to Acapulco in New Spain (Mexico).

The meeting will be on Friday, November 10 at 5 pm, at Hedy and David Rehfuss' home, 4321 Selkirk Drive, Fairfax, VA 22032. The talk starts at about 5:30. Directions are at the end of this announcement. Remember to give yourself plenty of time as the evening rush will be underway. The nearest Metro stop is Dunn Loring on the Orange Line, 15 minutes (and about $15) by taxi from the Rehfuss home.

As usual this meeting will be a potluck, when you RSVP to David or Hedy let us know what dish or drink you will bring. RSVP to or 703 503-3195.

Synopsis of the October 28 talk

Professor Maris Gillette spoke on her research at Jingdezhen, south China, the 1000-year old center of Chinese ceramic production. Jingdezhen faces intense commercial competition. It has been just dethroned as the “capital of Chinese ceramics” by a bigger, more efficient city closer to the coast. The large state-owned ceramic factories were closed in the 1990s. Most companies are family based. Propane gas now heats its kilns, gone is the filthy coal. Unemployment is rampant. Ceramic workers are very specialized and most learn their trade by apprenticing or work for a relative. There are clear gender divisions in pottery making. Men do the firing. Women decorate. Many of its products are low-to-medium quality antique style wares for domestic markets. But also modern brightly colored designs are made.

Directions to 4321 Selkirk Dr., Fairfax, Virginia 22032

  1. Take the Beltway (495), turning onto Little River Turnpike exit (Rte 236W) in the direction of Fairfax (in a westerly direction, traveling away from Washington),
  2. Follow Little River Turnpike west passing through four stop lights,
  3. Turn LEFT at the Guinea Road traffic light, (Guinea Road is the fifth stop light after turning onto Little River Turnpike),
  4. After seven streets on your right turn RIGHT onto Argonne Street,
  5. Take the next LEFT turn onto Kristin Lane,
  6. Take the first RIGHT onto Selkirk Drive. 4321 Selkirk is the first house on the right painted yellow with white pillars and black window shutters.

Directions using Google Maps

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