Located in Shangyu which enjoys the reputation of “the cradle of celadon” , Shangyu Celadon Modern International Ceramic Art Center is a nonprofit academic institution co-established by Shangyu District People’s Government of Shaoxing, Zhejiang and Academy of Art and Design of Tsinghua University. The Center guided by the famous artist Mr. Bai Ming as the Director, is the first institution in China specialized in providing service to both domestic and international ceramists and artists for their free creations and communication. The Center will keep record of the precious first-hand materials of creation concepts, techniques and firing processes adopted by famous ceramists and artists invited to the Center so as to facilitate future academic research.
Shangyu, situated at the southern bank of Hangzhou Bay in northeastern Zhejiang Province, has bred the world’s earliest porcelain wares along the banks of the Cao’e River, and given birth to the mature celadon in late Eastern Han Dynasty. In the following five hundred years after the birth of celadon technology, with its unique celadon manufacturing technology, Shangyu became the famous ceramic production area known as Yueyao Kiln in ancient China, which exerts great influences on Longquan Kiln, Yaozhou Kiln, Dingyao Kiln, Ruyao Kiln, Jingdezhen Kiln in China, and on koryo celadon in South Korea and North Korea. According to archaeological investigations, there are about 400 ancient kiln sites found in Shangyu, among them, Jinshan Mountain Kiln Site was listed into “one of the National Top Ten New Archaeological Discoveries” in 2014.
Academy of Art and Design of Tsinghua University is the top art college in China. Its predecessor, Central Academy of Art and Crafts, was approved and founded by the State Council in 1956. The Ceramic Department is one of the three earliest majors established in the Academy of Art and Design, and possesses a complete teaching system and first-class teaching staff. At the beginning of 2015, led by Mr. Bai Ming, Director of Ceramic Department, Academy of Art and Design of Tsinghua University and Shangyu District People’s Government of Shaoxing, Shangyu Celadon Modern International Ceramic Art Center was established. The Center is committed to promoting the exchanges and research among ceramists at home and abroad, the development of modern ceramic art innovation and social promotion, and building the international well-known modern ceramic art center.