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25 January 2007 Newsletter

Next Meeting Saturday, February 24 at 5:00pm

The next meeting of the Washington Oriental Ceramic Group will take place on Saturday, February 24 at 5:00 at the home of Walt and Dorte Simmons, 11600 Karen Drive, Potomac, MD. 20854-3152. Walt will lead members in a tour of the current rotation of their Japanese scrolls, “Humorous Japanese Paintings”. This meeting will be a potluck, when you RSVP to David or Hedy Rehfuss please let us know what dish or drinks you will bring. RSVP: or 703 503 3195.

Distance to nearest Metro is about 5 miles (Grosevenor on the Red Line).


Dragon Sea by Frank Pope.

Synopsis of the January 10 meeting.

Dive Master Frank Pope, author of "Dragon Sea", reported the story of the deep-sea recovery of the cargo of late 15th century Vietnamese ceramics off Central Vietnam. Most likely the Southeast Asian junk swamped during a violent storm, was loaded in a northern Vietnam (Gulf of Tonkin) port, and was bound for Ayutthaya and Malacca. The depth of the wreck (230 feet /70 meters) mandated expensive diving technologies. The careful conservation and cataloguing of the 250,000 pots recovered were critical for scholarly and scientific archaeological purposes. Two-thirds of the cargo was left on the sea bed. The Vietnamese government took one third of the recovered wares for its museums. The remaining sold at auction in 2000 for US$2.9 million; the recovery operation cost its Malaysian backers $14 million. This important scientific salvage operation answered many questions about Northern Vietnamese ceramics and put their Red River delta kilns fully on the world’s ceramic map.

Good luck in the year of the pig, which starts on February 18.


David Rehfuss


Directions to the Simmons' home, 11600 Karen Drive, Potomac, MD 20854 follow:

Google Map of 11600 Karen Drive, Potomac, MD 20854

  • On the CAPITAL BELTWAY / I-495
  • Take I-270 SPUR,
  • Keep RIGHT to take I-270 LOCAL N toward MONTROSE RD,
  • Merge onto MONTROSE RD. 1.3 miles,
  • Turn LEFT onto FALLS RD / MD-189,
  • Turn LEFT onto TUCKERMAN LN,
  • Turn RIGHT onto KAREN DR. 0.3 miles to 11600 Karen Dr.

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