The Pottery Workshop Residency in Jingdezhen, China

Situated in one of the most fascinating and ancient creative centres in China, The Pottery Workshop is a residential retreat offering artists from diverse cultures the opportunity to interact, learn and create. The facility is surrounded by hundreds of small and independent craftsmen and artists with every kind of ceramic skill; clay producers, throwers, sculptors, mould makers, blue and white decorators, overglaze decorators, glaze and colour shops, kiln firing workshops, brush makers, blacksmiths, box makers and shippers.

While the residency lends itself to ceramicists, the placement is open to visual artists of all disciplines. This residency will be very beneficial for all the participating Helpmann Academy artists – past experience has shown that the boundaries of each artist’s knowledge and practice are broadened during this unforgettable opportunity.

This international placement is open to visual artists, up to five years following their final year of study from the Helpmann Academy’s partner institutions.

“The best place to learn is standing on the edge between all you know and complete chaos. For me, that place was in China. I learnt so mich in Jingdezhen, I hardly feel like the same person and coming back from there was like coming back from another planet. I am very grateful to Helpmann and their supporters for this amazing opportunity.” 
Geoff Mitchell, 2018 Pottery Workshop Residency participant

For more information:
Contact Helpmann Academy on (08) 7089 0720 or at [email protected]

Visit The Pottery Workshop website

Header images:  Karlien van Rooyen, Tea & Bikkies In The Clouds Of China (Detail), photo by Sarah Sturm. Artist working in Jingdezhen, photo courtesy of The Pottery Workshop.

Generously supported by the Macquarie Foundation

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2019 Jingdezhen artists:
Alice Hu | UniSA
Kylie Nichols | TAFE SA / Flinders

Read about the 2019 Jingdezhen Residency recipients

2018 Jingdezhen artist:
Geoffrey Mitchell | AC Arts (TAFE SA/Flinders)

2017 Jingdezhen artists:
Michael Carney | UniSA
Sophie Green | UniSA
Christeen Tenni-Smith | UniSA
Karlien Van Rooyen | UniSA

Previous Jingdezhen artists

Residency artists participate in an annual exhibition.
Click here for info about Kaleidoscope 2019.