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Nov 1, 2008

Next Meeting Tuesday, November 18th

Two examples of Islamic pottery in the Freer Gallery of Art Collection.

The next meeting of the Washington Oriental Ceramic Group will take place on Tuesday, November 18, 2:00-3:00 pm at the Freer Gallery of Art. The topic is Islamic Ceramics. Dr. Massumeh Farhad, Chief Curator and Curator of Islamic Art at the Freer and Sackler, will lead us in a discussion and walk-through of Freer's Islamic Galleries. The pottery dates from the 9th to the 17th century. Amazingly in the over 25 years of WOCG’s existence, her presentation will be the first dedicated to that influential family of ceramics. RSVP to David Rehfuss, email or 703-503-3195. Please plan to arrive in the Freer Gallery’s Mall-side entrance foyer by no later than 1:50 pm on that Tuesday.

2009 Annual Fees Due

2009 annual dues of $10.00 are now payable. Either hand or mail David cash or a check made out to David Rehfuss, mail address: 4321 Selkirk Drive, Fairfax, VA 22032. Do Not make the check out to WOCG or the Washington Oriental Ceramic Group as my bank will not accept checks with that payee. Thanks.

Willi Singleton, the Japanese-influenced Pennsylvania potter, will show his recent work on the weekend of 6-7 December, 1 to 6 pm, at Louise Cort and Leedom Lefferts’ home, 132 12th St, SE, Washington, DC 20003-1413. The nearest Metro stop is Eastern Market. No RSVPs required.

ACV Artisans Studio Tour

Potter Trew Bennett recommends the following event, a tour of working studios in the Charlottesville, Virginia area. For details, maps, etc., go to, then click on Artisan Studio Tours.

14th Annual ACV Artisans Studio Tour
Saturday and Sunday, November 15 and 16, 2008, 10AM - 5PM

You are invited to visit professional artisans in a number of different working studios in Charlottesville and surrounding counties during the 14th Annual ACV Artisans Studio Tour. Each studio will feature professional artisans selling unique and high quality fine crafts in an artisan’s working environment. The tour also provides an opportunity to sample food and beverages provided by some of the area's finest establishments. Each studio will have edible delights from one or more of the local culinary purveyors.

A contemporary stoneware serving dish made by Catherine White

Synopsis of the September 25 meeting

At their home and kiln in Warrenton, Virginia potters Catherine White and Warren Frederick discussed their work. It is largely stoneware and fired in their one chamber wood-fired anagama kiln. (Anagama is a Japanese term meaning "cave kiln”.) They also have gas and electric kilns. Potting in Warrenton since 1989, this pair came to ceramics from different directions. Warren trained as an engineer. Catherine studied painting. Originally she tended to produce white-glazed wares while he did darker-colored or unglazed vessels. This division no longer exists. Both produce at times funky, or old Korean-influenced, or elegant or industrial chic, but always sophisticated, useable high-fired pots.

Frederick’s material now often seems to reflect his engineering training – sharp-edged, dual-use drum-shaped containers. White’s diverse material is harder to put in any single category. Her rough edged serving dish illustrated in the attachment seems derived from a sheet of thick paper or warped slice of green wood. In any case, their stuff reflects how artist-potters have evolved from Japanese or American-production backgrounds. But always, the commercial life-span of an artist potter reflects his or her training and philosophy, and what the market place will bear. This is what we saw at their place. The large crowd of WOCGers and potters found this rainy Saturday a special event.

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