International Bone China Symposium Kaunas 2020
April 16 @ 10:00 - May 29 @ 12:00
EXHIBITION OF INTERNATIONAL BONE CHINA SYMPOSIUM KAUNAS 2020
The twentieth International Bone China Symposium has been held in Kaunas. The symposium took place in the ceramics workshop of Kaunas Faculty of Vilnius Academy of Arts, where an international team of artists created artworks using a special kind of porcelain: bone china. The theme of this year’s symposium was sustainability. Artists present works compatible with the basic principles of sustainability, which include ecology, social justice, non-violence and societal democracy.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Bone China Symposium faced new challenges. After the borders were closed, some participants were unable to enter Lithuania. But US artist Allison Safford was attending the symposium remotely. Parts of the artistic installation she was creating have been printed with a 3D ceramic printer with the help of emerging artist Uršulė Baužaitė.
Bone china is a material consisting of high temperature clay, feldspar, sand, kaolin and bovine ash. This is what determines the properties of bone china: it is extremely strong, translucent and dazzling white. But at the same time, it is a very tricky material. Remigijus Sederevičius, Associate Professor of Kaunas Faculty of Vilnius Academy of Arts, consulted the symposium participants on how to work with it.
Participants of the Bone China Symposium – Birgitte Christens (Denmark), Eglė Einikytė Narkevičienė (Lithuania), Wen-Hsi Harman (Taiwan – Great Britain), Audrius Janušonis (Lithuania), Allison Safford (USA), Uršulė Baužaitė (Lithuania), Martin Harman (Great Britain), Elina Titane (Latvia), Verners Lazdans (Latvia), Rokas Dovydėnas (Lithuania).
The project was organized by the Kaunas Faculty of the Vilnius Academy of Arts, the project was partly financed by the Lithuanian Culture Council.