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22 April 2008 Newsletter

Next Meeting Sunday, May 18, 5:00 pm

The next meeting of the Washington Oriental Ceramic Group will be on Sunday, May 18, 5:00 pm at the home of David and Hedy Rehfuss, 4321 Selkirk Drive, Fairfax. David will discuss Vietnamese ceramics with actual examples and make comparisons to Chinese counterparts. This meeting will be a potluck, when you RSVP to David or Hedy at (703) 503-3195 or, please indicate what dish you will bring. The attached image is a 12th-14th century northern Vietnamese covered jar.

Synopsis of the April 13th meeting.

Margaret Sullivan described the rebirth of Acheh, Sumatra, after the tsunami and the development of an innovative high school with the support of the US-Indonesian Society and her leadership. The tsunami unearthed some remarkably lovely and diverse ceramics -- earthenwares from India and high fired Chinese greenwares and qingpai wares dating to the 11th century. Acheh on the northern tip of Sumatra was a key entrepot on the China to the Middle East maritime silk route, and an early Southeast Asian Islamic kingdom.

Several Coming Dates to Note

  • Saturday, May 17, book signing of the "Lotus and the Elephant", the catalogue of the Vietnamese ceramic collection of the Boston Fine Arts Museum. Author Philippe Truong will discuss this new publication at Galleri Brigitte in Reston, Virginia. See
  • Sunday, June 1, 2 PM. Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art. The Pope Memorial Lecture. Australian archaeologist Don Hein introduces his research on a major ceramic production center in Thailand--Sawankhalok. His lecture celebrates the debut of the museum's first online catalogue, which centers on the Hauge Collection of Ceramics in Mainland Southeast Asia.
  • Keep open Monday, June 2 when Don Hein will discuss ceramics in Sackler Gallery's storage area with WOCG members. Details to follow.

Warm Regards,

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