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25 August 2010

Next Meeting Saturday, 25 September

Filipino-American potter and WOCG member Hadrian "Addie" Mendoza

The next meeting of the Washington Oriental Ceramic Group will take place at the Walters Art Museum, 600 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21201 on Saturday, 25 September. We’ll assemble at 12 noon in the Walter’s foyer inside the ticket booth. Rob Mintz, Curator for Asian Art, will lead us through the Asian collection, which has exceptionally strong Thai, South and Southeast Asian and Tibetan art objects and Japanese and Chinese ceramics. After the tour we will adjourn to Ryleigh's Oyster Bar, 36 E Cross St in the Federal Hill/Locust Point near Baltimore’s Inner Harbor (Tel:410 539-2093). RSVP to David or Hedy by responding to this email, or 703 503 3195 so we know how many will attend the talk and the following lunch. Driving directions can be found the website There is plenty of on-street or public lot parking close to the Walters. However, finding street parking near the restaurant will be challenging. Public garage parking is probably the way to go.

Of Interest to Members:

  • At Renwick Gallery, located cater-corner from the White House, there is a show of art and craft objects made in the infamous Japanese-American internment camps of WW II, 1942-46, “The Art of the Gaman”. Among the attractive curios and simple furniture made by internees are some wonderful ink drawings of the camps by accomplished artists including an interned professor of art at UC Berkeley. The show continues until 30 January 2011.
  • The spectacular show “Gods of Angkor” at the Sackler Gallery of bronzes in the from the National Museum in Phnom Penh has been accompanied by a series of important lectures by the world’s greatest experts in Khmer art and archaeology. These talks will continue periodically till the end of the year. Earlier lectures can be accessed on YouTube. The exhibition continues until January 2011.
  • The “Chinamania” exhibition just opened at the Freer and runs until 11August 2010. Blue and White Chinese porcelain became a hot item in London in the 1870s. Chinamania explores James Whistler’s England, where this porcelain was first valued as aesthetic inspiration but soon became a commodity. Featured are Whistler’s drawings of Kangxi and later Qing (1644-1911) dynasty blue and white porcelains from the Whistler’s Peacock Room. Mr. Freer was greatly influenced by Whistler’s Asian fancy, and as a result today the Freer Gallery has the world’s greatest collection of Whistler material.
  • The Smithsonian Associates will present “A Journey through Vietnam: A Tale of Two Kingdoms”, Tuesday, November 2, 6:45-9 pm. The talk will highlight the cultural history, archaeology and ceramics of Vietnam – Dai Viet in the north and Champa in the center. Speakers are Robert DeCaroli and David Rehfuss. Details at or 202 633 3030.

Synopsis of the 25 June meeting at Workhouse Arts Center, Lorton

This new (two years old) arts and crafts center is a marvelous recycling of the early 20th century detention center outside of Washington. (Think of Alexandria’s Torpedo Factory on steroids with many times the space and plenty of free parking.) Among its detainees were suffragettes arrested for demanding women’s right to vote. After it was closed some 10 years ago the expansive Lorton prison buildings and space were saved from oblivion by Fairfax County and federal funds. Today a private foundation covers costs. We toured the facilities which offer space for professional glassmakers, potters, painters and photographers and classes for those of all levels of artistic accomplishment. At the Center we were greeted by professional Filipino-American potter and WOCG member Hadrian “Addie” Mendoza who demonstrated the art of throwing a dish on the potter’s wheel. It’s this image that adorns this announcement.

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