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Gallery Akademija ( Pilies g. 44, Vilnius)
Exibition opening on 17th of September, 2018, 5 pm.
Exibition is open from 17th of till 29th of September, 2018

Artists: Brian Benfer (USA); Nathan Betschart (USA); Saulius Dirsė (Lithuania), Aida Dirsė (Lithuania), Elize Hiiop (Estonia); Una Mjurka (Latvia/USA); Lauri Kilusk (Estonia); Anthony Stellaccio (USA); Bart Vandeput (Belgium/ Finland).

Bone china – what is it? Bone china is a material that originated in Great Britain at the end of the 18th century. It was and still is used mostly for the production of dinnerware. The composition of bone china includes approximately 50 percent bone ash, which derives from the bones of cattle. The process of production is very complicated and rather expensive, so bone china is considered an exceptional and luxurious material.

More than forty years ago in the Jiesia ceramic factory, a new material – Kaunas bone china – was introduced into production. Later, it influenced the foundation of Kaunas Bone China Symposium.

The ever-changing situation in the art world, with both new technologies and old traditions, is inspiring a change in the organization of the Kaunas symposium. This year the symposium is broadly invitational, with participants being professors and publicists from the USA, an Art PhD student from Aalto University (Helsinki, Finland), an interdisciplinary artist, and a 3D printing innovator and lecturer — all artists having backgrounds and perspectives wider than the traditional field of ceramics.

Each participant of the symposium has her/his own working methods and uses different techniques and technologies for realizing their personally and globally centred ideas. During the time of the symposium, participants were asked to take a deeper look at the complex phenomenon of identity. For nearly all the artists this symposium was the first date with bone china. A new, before unknown material, together with its properties and processes, gave artists the chance to take a look at the already common theme of identity from a different angle.

Organizers: VDA Kaunas Faculty, Department of Ceramics and Porcelain; Remigijus Sederevičius, Giedrė Petkevičiūtė, Māris Grosbahs, Ieva Bertašiūtė Grosbaha.

The symposium is also partly funded by Lithuanian Council of Culture, Kaunas city municipality program “Initiatives for Kaunas”

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