Kaunas, 2018

From June 25th Kaunas Faculty of Vilnius Academy of Arts launches International Bone China Symposium ’18.

The aim of this year’s symposium is to promote the use of porcelain in the creation of contemporary art objects. Since 1970 Kaunas has a porcelain factory and therefore is one of the few European cities that maintains its tradition of bone china. The symposium will encourage the use of intellectual and technological innovations without forgetting the tradition of bone china (bone porcelain). The creative process will involve 3D modelling and printing with 3D ceramic printer which provides artists with new possibilities for their artistic expression.

The goal of the project is to create a high-level exhibition of professional art and at the same time to strengthen and reveal Lithuania as a country that fosters tradition of bone china. International artists participating in the symposium represent contemporary ceramic art in a global context and who also work in the interdisciplinary field of art. After getting familiar with the local environment and cultural context, participants create works of bone porcelain specially tailored for the intended exhibition space. This phase of the project is based on academic research, process awareness and discussion in order to reveal new ideas and discover new porcelain identity. Artworks created will be exhibited at the National M.K. Ciurlionis Museum collection.
In the framework of the symposium there is also educational program “Past – Present – Future” that will involve children from art schools. The project is also open to general public – all interested are invited to open lectures, artists’ presentations at The Department of Ceramics and Porcelain of Faculty of Kaunas of Vilnius Academy of Arts (V. Sladkeviciaus g. 6, Kaunas) as well as the final exhibition – “Porcelain Identity”.

The project is organized by: Department of Ceramics and Porcelain of Kaunas Faculty of Vilnius Academy of Arts. The project is partially financed by the Lithuanian Council of Culture, Municipality of Kaunas.

Project manager: Head of Department of Ceramics and Porcelain of Kaunas Faculty of Vilnius Academy of Arts associate professor Remigijus Sederevicius, Maris Grosbahs, Giedra Petkeviciutė, Ieva Bertasiute Grosbaha.