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China: Semester Ceramics Program
Jingdezhen, China (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Fall
Program Dates & Deadlines: Click here to view
Program Cost Fall
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Academic College: College of Creative Arts Best Fit Majors: Art and Design, Art History
Language of Instruction: English Program Options: Faculty-Led
Credits Earned: 12 Faculty Leader: Shoji Satake
Program Description:


China: Semester Ceramics Program
chinaWest Virginia University has a unique linkage with the famed Imperial Porcelain City of Jingdezhen. We have teamed to offer a Fall Semester study and travel program in the Peoples Republic of China during the fall semester of 2018.

Space is available for 15 -18 students who want to work and study with some of China’s most prominent teachers and ceramic artists. This is a rare moment in time for the serious student potter to touch those historic roots as well as connect with the inspiring energy of artisans past and present.

Pell Grant recipients are eligible for the Gilman Scholarship. More information can be found here.


City: Jingdezhen

Country: China

Population: 444,720

Information: Jingdezhen has a long history and a magnificent culture. It crouches on the south of the Yangtze River as a “Powerful Town on the South of the Yangtze River", and was listed with Foshan in Guangdong Province, Hankou in Hubei Province, and Zhuxianzhen in Henan Province as the four famous towns in Chinese history. It is designated one of the first 24 famous Chinese cities of historical and cultural interests and a first-rate city opening to the foreigners by China’s State Council. In June 1953, Chinese Administration approved Jingdezhen City as a municipality under the direct jurisdiction of Jiangxi Province. It now covers an area of 5256 square kilometers with a population of 1,520,000, including 400,000 urban residents. There are one city, one county and two districts under its jurisdiction: Leping City, Fuliang County, Zhushan District and Changjiang District.Jingdezhen city lies in the Northeast of Jiangxi Province. To its Northwest is Dongzhi County of Anhui Province, to its south Wannian County, to its West Boyang County, and to its Southeast Wuyuan County. It is located in the transitional area between the Huangshan – Haiyushang mountain range and the Plain of Poyang Lake at longitudes 116°57'-117°42' east and latitudes 28°44'-29°56' south in the monsoon subtropical climate. It enjoys enough sunshine, sufficient rainfall, and a mild and moist climate, with clearly demarcated four seasons. It has beautiful scenery featured by a network of many rivers and streams and a chain of mountain peaks one rising higher than another. The city is 320 meters above sea level with an average temperature of 170C, an annual rainfall of 1763.5 millimeters, and average annual sunshine of 2009.8 hours.

As the world-famed ceramic capital, Jingdezhen City has a long history of ceramics making and a rich cultural heritage. In accordance with the historical records, “Xinping (as the city was known as then) began to make pottery in Han Dynasty”. It is evident that pottery was first made in Jingdezhen in Han Dynasty. In the first year in Jingde Reign of Song Dynasty (1004), the royal court decreed the city made porcelain wares for imperial use with the wording “Made during the Jingde Reign” printed on the bottom of every piece. Hence the city got its name “Jingdezhen”. From Yuan Dynasty to Ming and Qing Dynasty, emperors sent their officials to Jingdezhen to supervise the manufacture of royal porcelain. They set up the Porcelain Office and built the royal kiln, which produced many wonderful ceramic articles. Among them were those particularly famous for the four classic decorations: blue and white, famille rose, rice-pattern and color glaze. The Porcelain Wares for Chairman Mao Zedong, the Wares for the" APEC" and the Wares for tire Stale Hotel (Guesthouse) and other ceramic art works are all greatly appreciated in the world. The porcelain made in Jingdezhen enjoys the praise of "as white as jade, as thin as paper, as sound as a bell, as bright as a mirror" .Guo Moruo (the late famous historian and scholar) highly praised the brilliant ceramic history and culture in Jingdezhen and the ceramics connected the Jingdezhen to the world closely with the poem that "China is well known by the porcelain, the famous porcelains are made in this city."

Places of Interest:
Jingdezhen Ceramics Museum
Hutian Ancient Kiln Site


Course(s) associated with this program (12 credits total):
ARHS 402 - History of Chinese Ceramics - 3 credits
ARHS 405 - Chinese Language/Cultural History - 3 credits
ART 340 - Ceramics - 6 Credits

ARHS 602 - History of Chinese Ceramics - 3 credits
ARHS 605 - Chinese Language/Cultural History - 3 credits
ART 540 - Ceramics - 6 Credits


Shoji Satake--born in Kyoto, Japan and raised in Anchorage, Alaska--received his MFA in Ceramics from Indiana University, Bloomington. He received his BA in Studio Art and BA in Government from The College of William and Mary. He has also taught at Indiana University, Hope College, and at Central Michigan University. In addition to teaching, Shoji has served as one of the Directors-at-Large for the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) Board and currently serves NCECA as a Special Presidential Appointee to the Council. Shoji has conducted workshops and exhibited nationally and internationally. Some of his most recent activities include the Japan/USA Exhibition at Santa Fe Clay, the 2004 Summer Visiting Artist Workshop at the University of Winnipeg, Manitoba, the Jingdezhen, China 1000 Years of Porcelain International Exhibition, Yellow Ball Project, Antwerp, Belgium, and the exhibition From Hoosier Hands at the Richmond Fine Arts Museum in Richmond, Indiana. He is coordinator of the School of Art & Design’s ceramics in China program.


Total program cost: $12,900
Program dates: September 8 - December 14, 2016
* WVU Course Instruction for 12 credit hours
* Round trip airfare
* Lodging and most meals
* International Travel and Health Insurance
* Excursions to Shanghai, Xi'an, and Beijing

Students are personally responsible for passports, visas, and incidentals.

Billing for the program will occur upon registration into the courses associated with the Education Abroad program in STAR. The payment deadlines for the program will be the same as WVU Semester Tuition and Fees. Students will receive correspondence from OGA with registration instructions upon acceptance into the program after the application deadline. All payments are due in full before trip departure. Payments can be made through STAR or by contacting the Mountaineer HUB at (304) 293-4006.


Visa Required for US Citizens? Yes

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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2018 05/01/2018 ** Rolling Admission 09/08/2018 12/14/2018

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.