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New cultural hub boosts China's ceramics capital

By : China Daily | Published: 2016-November-1

[InKunming--Sister Cities] Ryan Labar, an American artist, carefully wipes his ceramic sculptures as he greets visitors in his ceramic studio in eastern China's Jiangxi province.

Labar is among the first group of foreign artists to start a workshop in Taoxichuan, a ceramic-themed avenue that opened Wednesday in Jingdezhen, China's ceramics capital.

"I put my workshop here because I saw the scope of the project," said Labar, who arrived in the city a year ago and has since worked at Taoxichuan International Studio, a government-funded program with an annual budget of 900,000 yuan ($133,000).

The program sponsors foreign artists to work in the studio for three to four months, but Labar chose to stay.

Partnering with a young Chinese businessman Wang Jusi, Labar established Lab Artz, a 260-square-meter workshop where he plans to house more artists and offer ceramics classes.

"More and more artists are coming to be part of the avenue and help build it up," said Wang, who also wrote the business plan for Lab Artz. The space is rented from the government for a very low fee.

Taoxichuan offers preferential renting rates for young artists and foreign artists, said Liu Zili, general manager of Jingdezhen Ceramic Culture Tourism Group, a state-owned enterprise and developer of the avenue.

In the evening, not far from Labar's studio, people swarm around the booths that line both sides of the avenue to buy ceramics. These booths are rented to college students and young artists for free, Liu said.

Over 3,000 people have signed up for the booths. "It is a place for young artists to build their dreams," Liu said.

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