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5 November 2007 Newsletter

Next Meeting Tuesday, November 20 at 3:30-5 pm

The next meeting of the Washington Oriental Ceramic Group will take place on Tuesday, November 20 at 3:30 pm in the Storage area of the Freer Gallery of Art. This gathering will be first in an series of looking carefully at major categories of Chinese ceramics. This hands-on session will focus on green-glazed or celadon wares, studying and handling pieces dating from the 7th century to the Qing dynasty. For security and space reasons only 15 members can participate. Attendance will be on a first come first serve basis. To RSVP contact David Rehfuss at 703 503-3195 or For those so inclined we can extend the session over drinks at a near-by watering hole. _Please plan to assemble in the Freer foyer inside the Mall-side entrance NLT 3:25 pm._

Barnards dish

It is time to pay 2008 WOCG dues, which are $10.00. If you pay by check please make it out to David Rehfuss or to Cash. My bank will not accept checks made out to the WOCG or Washington Oriental Ceramic Group. Send the dues to me at 4321 Selkirk Drive, Fairfax, VA 22032 or pay at a WOCG meeting. Thanks.

Synopsis of the October 20 meeting: Virginia potter Rob Barnard discussed his widely respected work. Barnard was greatly influenced by his Japanese teacher and mentor YAGI Kazuo, the leader of the Sodeisha group of Japanese avant garde potters that after World War II broke away from the traditional Japanese preoccupation with useful vessels like tea bowls. Barnard uses commercially-purchased clays to produce two types of functional wares. Most of his work is austere, even severe wood-ash glazed stonewares. These he prefers and reflect his Japanese training. More recently Barnard has been producing unctuous white-glazed vessels in an oil-fired kiln. Barnard always seeks to push the creative envelope to a different level, as he is uncomfortable with staying in the same conceptual plane. This reflects Yagi's influence. That not withstanding, his work is deeply conservative and resides within a traditional Japanese aesthetic, as he "chases an illusive sense of beauty". The attachment is a Rob Barnard stoneware dish.

Warm Regards,


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