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Glamorous Ceramics

The theme is gold, and there is no better venue than the sixteenth-century High Renaissance-inspired Venetian complex. Marble columns and vaulted fresco ceilings encapsulate an eclectic collection of ceramic art that easily pulls your eyes away from the extravagance of the venue.   

The show is the Sands Hotel’s contribution to “Art Macao”, a five-month mega international arts and cultural event in which visual artworks are presented at various exhibition venues around Macau.

The connection point for all these international artists is the southern Chinese city of Jingdezhen. Since the sixth century, Jingdezhen has been known for pottery and porcelain. It is in this city that the technology for creating blue and white porcelain was developed. It also has the best clay, the largest kilns and the most adept ceramics artisans to assist even the most prolific artists. Caroline Cheng has been an ambassador for Jingdezhen to the world, attracting the world’s best talent to The Pottery Workshop, where she is currently the executive director. She is a renowned ceramic artist and curator. Her works have been exhibited worldwide and are in private collections and museums.

This show intends to expose visitors to high-end contemporary ceramics. On busy days, the Venetian can see as many as 100,000 people come through their doors. The artists are here to network to find future projects or collaborators. This is a selling exhibit, so artists are also interested in finding clients for their work.

Each artist took inspiration from different creative sources and submitted select pieces that suited the exhibition’s theme of All That’s Gold Does Glitter.

Caroline Cheng’s work from her Prosperity series is the signature feature of the exhibition. It consists of intricately handmade red-coloured porcelain butterflies sewn onto a Chinese-styled dress modelled after those worn in ancient times.

Text Martin Wray / Photos Cammy Yiu