Purple Clay Teaware Exhibition held in The Hague
Published: Jun 17, 2024 03:35 AM
Exhibition of Yixing Excellent Purpule Clay Teaware Photo: GT/Jiang Li

Exhibition of Yixing Excellent Purpule Clay Teaware Photo: GT/Jiang Li

The Charm of Tea Art - Exhibition of Yixing Excellent Purple Clay Teaware opened at the China Cultural Center in The Hague recently, attracting hundreds of guests from the cultural, tourism, and art sectors of China and the Netherlands. The exhibition is showcasing 30 outstanding Yixing purple clay teawares, which have been highly praised by visitors.

The event, themed "Charm of Tea Art," aims to combine tea culture and purple clay art to display the cultural essence and artistic value of Yixing purple clay, a recognized intangible cultural heritage. The exhibition not only seeks to promote the aesthetic concept of purple clay art but also deepen the cultural exchanges and cooperation between China and the Netherlands.

Tea ceremony performances and tea-tasting sessions are being held during the exhibition to provide visitors with an immersive experience of Chinese tea culture.

At the exhibition, Yixing craft masters explain the creative process and cultural significance of purple clay teaware. They detail the unique raw material of purple clay and demonstrate techniques such as clay forming, carving, and sculpting, allowing visitors to have a better understanding of the essence of purple clay culture.

Dutch ceramic artist Tineke van Gils highly appreciated the exhibition, calling it an excellent opportunity for artistic exchanges between China and the Netherlands. 

"This event not only showcases the unique beauty of purple clay art but also promotes deep cultural exchange between the two countries," she said.

Notable attendees included Koen Sizoo, former Consul General of the Netherlands in Chongqing; Monique Knapen, chairwoman of the Dutch-Chinese Friendship Association; and Aldo Spaanjaars, a board member of the association, among others.

Global Times