Garland ✿ Ancient Now


Luise Guest listens to ceramic artists who draw on the unique energies of Jingdezhen, including Geng Xue, Liu Jianhua, Juz Kitson and Merran Esson.
Leigh McKinnon writes about the revival of skills from Hong Kong involved in the new Bendigo dragon
Dale Cox leads us into his alternative history of ancient Chinese artefacts found in an Australian paddock
Lacquer is a gift of the ancients that is largely forgotten today. There is an inspiring future for lacquer in the work of Takuya Tsutsumi, in partnership with an Australian surfboard maker.

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