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3 June 2010

Next Meeting Saturday, June 26

Longquan drinking bowl (either wine or tea), 12th-13th century, stoneware with celadon-green glaze in the Freer Gallery collection

The next meeting of the Washington Oriental Ceramic Group will take place at The Workhouse Arts Center, 9601 Ox Rd, Lorton, VA 22079, Saturday, June 26 at 11:30 am. Meet beside the parking lot at the front of the facility. Driving directions are at the bottom of this announcement. We will tour this new, well-equipped re-cycled prison, meet working artists and view their work. The Arts Center has buildings solely dedicated to ceramics, glass, painting and the like. Afterwards we’ll lunch at Magidan’s Waterfront Restaurant, overlooking the Occoquan River in historic Occoquan, VA, which is five minutes from the Workhouse Arts Center. RSVP to David or Hedy by replying to this email, or 703 503 3195.

About The Workhouse

The Workhouse Arts Center, a program of the Lorton Arts Foundation, provides essential visual and performing arts studio and exhibition space as well as engaging arts education programs for people of all ages and artistic abilities. Set on 55 acres of land in the historic D.C. Workhouse and Reformatory , The Workhouse provides a home for more than 150 of the region’s finest professional and emerging artists as well as cooperative studios, performance and theatre venues, dedicated gallery space, and event facilities. Their website is

Synopsis of the 24 March meeting

We handled 26 rare ceramics from the Tang and Song dynasties (618-1279 CE) in Freer Storage. These included three-colored wares, a Changsha jug and tomb figures from Tang kilns, and all of the Song “classic” imperial wares. It was instructive to compare a fine Longquan bowl with imperial Guan. While both are celadon green-glazed and both came from the same province, the Guan wares are more accomplished. Lesser known Song pieces like the small, brown Southern Song tea caddy purchased by Mr. Freer as Japanese, received as attention as any of the classic Song wares. But what garnered most “eyeballs” was the Freer’s most recent acquisition, a 13th -14th century dark-golden brown stoneware jar that started its life as a humble commercial container made in Southeast China. Then over the centuries it was promoted into a non plus ultra-pedigreed tea leaf storage jar by Japanese tea aficionados.

Angkor Bronzes Lectures

The superb “Bronzes from the National Museum of Cambodia” show which continues until next January in the Sackler Gallery is accompanied by a musical performance and a series of lectures and gallery talks by world-class scholars. The current issue of the Freer + Sackler Exhibitions and Events Newsletter has details. Also in their website:

Japanese Ceramics Gallery Talk

For those who missed Louise Cort’s presentation to the WOCG in January, there’s another chance to hear Ms. Cort on “Cornucopia - Ceramics from Southern Japan”. In the Freer, Tuesday, June 15 at noon.

Directions to the Workhouse Arts Center:

9601 Ox Rd, Lorton, Virginia 22079

It is a 15-20 minute drive south of the Beltway on I-95 to the Lorton Workhouse Arts Center.

From the Washington area

  • Proceed south on I-95 North,
  • At Exit 160 merge onto VA-123N toward Occoquan/Lake Ridge,
  • Continue on VA-123 past Historic Occoquan,
  • The Arts Center is several miles further on right at the intersection
  • of Rte.123/Ox Rd. and Lorton Road,
  • Turn right on VA-642/Lorton Road,
  • Take an immediate right thru Gate 1.

From I-95 South

  • Merge onto VA-123N via 160B toward Occoquan/Lake Ridge,
  • Continue on VA-123 past Historic Occoquan,
  • Workhouse Arts Center on right at the intersection of Rte.123/Ox Rd. and Lorton Road,
  • Turn right on VA-642/Lorton Road,
  • Immediate right thru Gate 1.

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