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About 1515art

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  • Birthday 02/23/1953

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    Santa Clara, California
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    I began my journey in clay in 1970 and have never regretted getting my clothes dirty ever, in addition to ceramic art i enjoy prospecting in the mountains, collecting jade and fishing on my boat.

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  1. 1515art

    new work at 1515art

    a few new pieces i'm working on inspired by my friends in China. These are green and bisque ware and i'm still thinking about the glaze combinations I plan to use. these will all fire to cone 10 reduction.
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    Thanks Roberta, credit goes to glazenerds glaze...
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    Glaze test: coyote c6 red/gold on t2 stoneware
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    Glaze test: Coyote c 6, Aqua on b-mix papaw clay w/grog
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    Glaze test: coyote c6 red/gold on b-mix paper clay w/grog
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    Glaze test: tommocou, c6 on b-mix paper w/ grog
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    Glaze test: Coyote c6 Matt cream w/specks on b-mix with paper w/grog
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    Glaze test: Coyote c6 Matt blue on b-mix with paper clay w/grog
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    Question of interest

    Shiyu Huang, China is an amazing country, so beautiful and rich in history and culture and everyone I've met has been very friendly and welcoming, I feel lucky to have been able to experience a little bit. I have a friend in Jingdezheng that has a public ceramics school and studio, she also has a ceramics school in Shanghai, I've thrown clay a little bit in the studio in Shanghai, but have only visited the studio in Jingdezheng. Wish I could remember the name of the studio, you may have seen it or even worked there? Im planning on traveling to China next year, my motherinlaw's 80th birthday celebration and if so will probably spend a little time in a few ceramic spots including Jingdezheng, if time permits perhaps we can share a cup of tea and a ceramic story. In the mean time I wish you best of luck, Clark
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    Question of interest

    link to the artist in one of the display rooms at his studio, out the studio picking fruit and out to dinner with the gang... the other's in this picture are of his students, my friend the writer and the little lady in the yellow to is called, Panda by her friends, she works for the Shanghai police Department and is the assistant Chief of immigration and a lifelong best friend of my wife. https://ibb.co/j7jWcS https://ibb.co/fgKWcS https://ibb.co/b9DeWn
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    Question of interest

    i just checked the website you posted, i know his student in one of the pictures with him, we had dinner with several of the carvers one night at a place you probably know of. it was a very interesting brick vault that I'm told is where Chairman Mao made first plans for the revolution. the food was very wholesome and organic, some of my other friends were there also, (I'm going out on a limb spelling here) there that night do you know of; Hiaobo, Guohao, Hiao Qiang or Zhang Kezhao my spelling is probably off on all of these as i depend on my wife to much for help. they carve mostly dushan yu and hetian yu, their studios are also in Ninyang. also i think, but could be wrong without checking, most of the work you see for sale there is student work. we looked at some of the artists personal carvings in the office of some guy that owns a bunch of hotels, we were having tea in his office and i was told in broken english that these big major pieces went for prices in the millions of dollars and that it took connections and not just money to get your hands on one, again the disclaimer i could have been confused, ill blame it on the bijou.
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    Question of interest

    Hi shiyu haung, nice to chat with you. i'm not sure about that, i think you are thinking of someone else although my knowledge is spotty. id never claim to be an expert or knowledgeable in any of this as my Chinese language skills are too limited, often I'm in a complete communication blackout. my friends have taken me to what I'm told are many of the best jade carvers studios in a bunch of different cities... nan an doesnt ring a bell for me, i very well could have been there and just don't remember. I've looked at touched/held, seen the carvers at work a lot and been upstairs and into the back room many times, but i always call my friends about anything to do with jade and i take them for their word. they are fantastic friends that I've been way too drunk with on bijou over meals that lasted half the knight, I'm sure you know what I'm talking about. this artists name is wyuingwen, his studio is in the city of (i spelled it wrong, not nian...sounds that way) Ninyang. I'm told his work is on utube so the pictures of his work are more accessible now then when i first visited the studio. the studio reminded me of an industrial 3 story if i remember correctly school looking building, surrounded by his organic gardens. we snuck out into the garden with the artist and picked fresh vegetables to eat with our lunch.
  13. These are not ceramic artworks so I didn't want to post more than one without asking if anyone was interested in looking. This is crystal from a studio located in Nian, China carved from a Brazilian flawless 5 ton quartz crystal. The master studied the stone for 2 years and carving and polishing another 5 years by a team of a dozen carvers working under the direction of the master. These works are never seen by the public and are only owned by private collectors, although some government museums may have some of his work in their collections
  14. I’ve spent a fair amount of time in China and taken thousands of pictures of some very special places and things, at least i think so and thought the ones dealing with ceramics might be of interest here. i'm not the best writer in the world so please pardon all the grammar mistakes. i’ll start with a trip i took to Jingdezhen, this was a few years ago and the city was hosting a world ceramics exhibition. a very good friend in shanghai made arrangements for us ahead of time and we were met at the airport by our host, we called her “Dajie” chinese for old friend, i don’t remember her real name as I’ve met so many different people over there that as a westerner the chinese names can get very confusing. Dajie is the Chief of police for the City of Jingdezhen so we were in very good hands and she was our personal escort for the 3 days we spent there, her husband is, or was managing vice mayor at the time of our visit. i was struck as we toured the city that almost everything was decorated in blue and white china, light poles, benches even the large concrete road overpass supports, really beautiful and everything looked in pristine condition. our first stop was at the ancient kilns and ceramic historical museum for the kiln lighting ceremony, this was a closed event attended by governors and politicians from various states throughout China covered by Chinese media outlets. this set of pictures is shot around the museum showing our friend and host Dajie, some of the artists, the crowds gathering for the kiln lighting ceremony and of the lighting of the kiln. IMG_1162.jpg IMG_1127.jpg DSC03849.jpg DSC03857.jpg DSC03858.jpg IMG_1141.jpg IMG_1129.jpg IMG_1132.jpg kiln lighting IMG_1154.jpg IMG_1156.jpg IMG_1146.jpg IMG_1150.jpg in one of the images there is an older man wearing a dark blue smock over a white long sleeve shirt with white pants, behind him is another man in dark color and white shirt with a red ribbon pinned to his brest, he is Chinas leading expert on ancient ceramics and frequently appears on Chinese TV, it was fun seeing him in person. his name is Ma Wei Duo. IMG_1145.jpg the next 3 pictures are of the wall in the garden of another friends studio, yu jun, the pottery built into the wall dates back to the Ming Dynasty, I’ve more pictures from his studio but need to find where they are stored. DSC04332.jpg DSC04333.jpg DSC04335.jpg couple of pics from the franz factory, my wife Angela enjoying the ceramic furniture and a lovely fish vase. DSC04341.jpg DSC04342.jpg i got a chance to meet the artists attending the world event from north Korea. IMG_1163.jpg and finally pictures from a factory with some really big pots. IMG_1171.jpg DSC04308.jpg DSC04309.jpg from left to right at the factory... another of our guides this guy is a special forces undercover police officer, yu way le she is a former university professor and an author on a dozen books about China's master jade carvers, me and on the far right Angela. DSC04326.jpg
  15. I don't want to pick on BCS anymore I've had my say and given fair warning to those interested. I will comment on one of your points. I frequent a lot of different forums, metal detecting/prospecting, antiques, jade carving and firearms to name a few and reviews from members are generally the most trusted and widely read among users and enthusiasts. many of the review sites are laden with shills or paid product placement, I like reviews from those I know in the limited internet way and at least had some experience and time online.

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