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Ceramic culture festival kicks off in Beijing

Ceramics on exhibit at the Beijing Ceramic Culture Club [Pang Li/China.org.cn] 

The Beijing Ceramic Culture Club opened its month-long ceramic festival on April 16, 2010.

The festival features movies and lectures about ceramic art and has several porcelains on display. Visitors can make their own ceramic items under the guidance of professionals from Jingdezhen, a city in Jiangxi Province known worldwide for its exquisite ceramic products.

Manager of the Beijing Ceramic Culture Club Gong Shanbin [Pang Li/China.org.cn] 

Gong Shanbin, the club's manager, said that the event aims to bring people closer to the ceramic arts, which has a long history in China. Gong expects the festival to attract as many as 10,000 visitors.

"With aspirations from their daily lives, even ordinary people can create their own ceramic works," said Gong. He believes making ceramic pieces with one's own hands give them a special meaning.

Gong said there are about 2,000 to 3,000 ceramic makers in Jingdezhen. Wang Lingjia, a 22-year-old working at the club, hopes to open up his own workshop there in the future, which he says will allow him to make more than what he earns in Beijing. He first started to study ceramics when he was 15. The ambidextrous young man can now turn clay into various shaped vessels in just a few minutes.

Wang Lingjia makes a ceramic vase at the Beijing Ceramic Culture Club, April 16, 2010. [Pang Li/China.org.cn] 

Visitors who want to see Wang's work will have until the end of the festival on May 16. Festival hours are from 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM on weekdays and until 9:30 PM on weekends.

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