CHINESE CERAMICS ASSOCIATIONS TAIWAN
CHEN, FORMER CHAIRMAN OF THE CCAT
development of ceramics in Taiwan, like other places across the earth,
has a "prehistoric" period. Seven thousand years ago, rope patterns
and otherkinds of lined patterns already decorated pots. Abundant
remains of these Taiwanese aboriginal prehistoric ceramics have been
found in over a thousandsites all over Taiwan.
During the Sung and Yuan dynasties. (960-1367 AD), pottery came to
the Pescadores Island of Taiwan through the "Silk road on the sea"
Later, during the late Ming and Chin dynasties (1367-1911 AD), Immigrants
from Fukien and Kuangtung Provinces in China brought with them a culture
of Chinese pottery. Representative among these are low-fire Chiao-chih
pottery, and the 200 year tradition of Nan-tou pottery. Furthermore
the Japanese occupation of Taiwan saw the rise of the Miao-li pottery
area and the Ying-ko pottery area.
After the World War II, a group of senior potters played an important
role in the development of ceramics on Taiwan. Among these were Mr.
Tsai Chuan-chu, Mr. Lin Pao-chia, Mr. Wu Jang-nung, Mr. Wu Yu-tang,
Mr. Cheng Huan-tang and Mr. Wang Hsiu-kung. They represented the influence
of Chinese and Japanese ceramics in Taiwan. Their studies and creations
were an outstanding accomplishment and a critical contribution to
the development of Taiwanese ceramics.
Especially, during the 1970s, Mr. Lin Pao-chia and Wu Yu-tang both
of whom returned from Japan, and Mr. Wu Jang-nung, who graduated from
Beijing Art College in China continuously cultivated and educated
talented ceramic artists.
In the late 1980s, another group of artists, including Mr. Chiu Huang-tang,
Mr. Lee Liang-i, Ms. Yang Wen-ni, Mr. Sun Tsao, Mr. Feng Sheng-kuang,
Mr. Yang Tso-chung and many other prominent ceramic artists provoked
a rapid development in modern ceramic art all over Taiwan.
In the 1990s, ceramic societies began in many places in Taiwan. The
Chinese Ceramics Association Taiwan was founded on the 20th of September,
1992. With over 400 members, including the most senior and most outstanding
artists in Taiwan, the CCAT is the largest private ceramic group in
The purpose of the CCAT is to promote the creation of ceramic art,
advance international cultural interaction and to create an appreciation
of ceramic art. Its organization includes a board of directors, whose
current chairman is Mr. Tsai Jung-yu, a supervisor. Under the board's
direction are the secretariat and committees for international interaction,
publication, academic activity, exhibitions, and business.
Since its inception, the CCAT has been pursuing the following activities:
1. Promotion of an annual ceramic festival with exhibits as well as
hands-on activities and demonstrations.
2. Assistance to local governments, schools, cultural centers and
charity organizations in order to promote ceramics activities.
3. Sponsorship of conferences and workshops on academic or technical
aspects of ceramics, as well as regional get-togethers.
4. Publication of ceramic journals to facilitate the spread of open
and objective news and information.
In its original local colors, contemporary Taiwanese ceramics has
become internationalized and obtained a greater variety of styles,
mainly because of the advance of electronic communication.
Therefore, through the introduction of this internet station, our
association hopes to further provide services and more opportunities
to the ceramic artists and groups in Taiwan and around the world,
so that we can learn from each other and promote professionalism and
a sense of comradeship.