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  • A last look at my fall 2013 artist residency in China

    I returned from China exactly two months ago, from today, on November 1st. The memories, while still relatively fresh, are already becoming a part of the muted wallpaper that makes up the background of my life. Before I move on, I want to show a few more photos of the residency at Da Wang Culture Highland. It was hard to stop taking photos, while there.
     

    To begin with, the night before I left, I gave an artist talk, followed by a studio visit to those interested in seeing my work up close. It was an opportunity to show my wares to the locals, including my fellow resident artists, and exchange ideas. We each worked in our studios, daily, not really sharing our work with one another, and so this was a nice opportunity to do so.
     

    My studio, in China.

    My studio, in China.

    Studio visit: the night before I left Da Wang.

    Studio visit: the night before I left Da Wang.


     

    The pottery studio was located in the neighbouring building to my own studio. It was a large room, much like an airplane hangar, in which the potters fashioned their creations with loads of space around them.

    The pottery studio at Da Wang.

    The pottery studio at Da Wang.


     

    The pottery studio at Da Wang: get your tools here!

    The pottery studio at Da Wang: get your tools here!


     

    The pottery studio at Da Wang: the glaze room.

    The pottery studio at Da Wang: the glaze room.


     

    The inspiration? It’s easy: the day-to-day of life in China and in Hong Kong brought my senses much to savour. In particular, I found myself drawn to the markets, where all chattels are sold.
     

    I developed a fancy for juicy, bright orangy-red persimmons.

    I developed a fancy for juicy, bright orangy-red persimmons.


     

    The street market in Hong Kong.

    The street market in Hong Kong.


     

    Little turtles for sale.

    Little turtles for sale.


     

    Pigs' feet in the market.

    Pigs' feet in the market.


     

    Fish market.

    Fish market.


     

    Chicken and rice in a bowl.

    Chicken and rice in a bowl.


     

    Get your koi fish here!

    Get your koi fish here!


     

    All things jade.

    All things jade.

    About Claire

    Claire is an abstract painter who teaches painting workshops in both Canada and in the US. She has received grants to attend artist residencies in Vermont (2011 and 2013), and in southeastern China (2013) and has been interviewed by various art magazines, most notably Magazin’ Art (Spring 2015) and Parcours (2014), the French language arts magazine. She was also interviewed for Art Inc. (a book by author Lisa Congdon. She has gallery representation in Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Oakville, and in the US, in Charlotte. She appears regularly on a number of blogs, including Design for Mankind, Moco Loco, Design Milk and Saatchi Art’s online magazine. U.S. retail chain, Urban Outfitters, sells her original artwork under their Anthropologie banner. They reproduce her artwork on merchandise, and sell it under the Claire Desjardins signature label. Claire’s work has also appears in various feature films and television shows.
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