Fellow D + R guest-blogger and contemporary craft aficionado Garth Johnson recently completed a residency in China studying (and making) ceramics. The result of his work is now on display at Brenau University in Gainesville, Georgia. Garth says about his work:
The series of vessels I created in Jingdezhen are all based around the idea of traditional Chinese symbols and decorations filtered through my Western worldview. For example, the motif of a child riding on a rooster holding a fish is common in Chinese folk art. "Fish" and "rooster" are both ciphers for happiness and abundance. When they're combined with a child, the combination is said to represent a multitude of descendants and money.