Ceramics Festival An Adventure in Ceramics
Taipei County Government
Translated by Sho Huang
Hours:9:30 am-5 pm; Holiday 9:30 am-6 pm
Location:Taipei County Yingge Ceramic Museum
and Ceramic Park on the ceramic street and
WenHua Road in Yingge.
Adventure in Ceramics Land
The charm of ceramics doesn't lie solely in
its beauty, as many ceramics merge creativity
and practicality to produce something that
can be used in daily life--though some is
created simply to appreciate. The annual Yingge
International Ceramics Festival has been a
huge event in Yingge and is an opportunity
for the public to learn and understand more
through fun activities. This year, with the
theme "An Adventure in Ceramics Land",
various programs from October 6th to 29th
will be launched at the Taipei County Yingge
Ceramics Museum (and the adjacent Ceramics
Park) and various locations in Yingge Township
(the Ceramics Old Street, WenHua Rd.). The
public is invited to explore the beauty of
ceramics and have fun.
There are five ceramic exhibitions included
in the festival. Each has its own unique character
to display Taiwan's glorious ceramic history.
The design of the Ceramic Museum emphasizes
natural lighting so the dance of shadows can
be seen all day in the museum, which explains
the title, "The Games of Light: the Museum's
Architecture". Yingge's ceramic industry
started in 1970 and has attracted great attention
nationally and internationally. "The
Splendid Gathering of Artist-Painted Porcelain
Exhibition" has invited 13 outstanding
ceramic artists to present their works. In
addition, "Creative Living: A Selected
Exhibition of New Ceramic Works" and
"A Harmony of Multiple Visions: an Exhibition
of Dorris Hui-yin Shih's 2006 Works"
combine the beauty of Chinese painting, oil
painting and ceramics. Another exhibition,
"San Yin Art Boulevard--Yuan Hsiung Ceramic
Mosaic Exhibition", held in Fong Lu Hot
Spring in SanSia, presents the fun of ceramic
and mosaic. These five exhibitions allow the
public to gain insight into some of the multi-sided
aspects of ceramics.
"Kiln Demonstration" is a series
of activities to educate the public. It was
common to build kilns with mud in the early
days of ceramic history. This year, the Ceramic
Museum is having experts demonstrate the whole
ceramic process with a mini-earthen kiln to
let the public relate more to ceramic art.
The art of ceramic dolls formed a long way
back, and the "Pottery Figures Workshop"
activity is arranged to show the ancient skills
in Taiwan well-known artists. "Raku Demo",
one of the most popular activities last year,
will be expanded to include an introduction
to Japanese and American ceramic history.
The public will also have the chance to witness
the process of having the pottery done in
low heat. Besides all the demonstrations,
"A Journey to Yingge Kiln Studios"
will guide the public to modern and traditional
"An Adventure to the Clay Planet"
program is designed for children 12 or under
to experience the fun of grabbing and squeezing
mud in the "Close to Mud" section.
The "Mosaic" section is where the
children can go crazy putting ceramic tiles
on a mosaic wall. "Fun with Ceramic"
section provides a place to appreciate the
graceful lines and the fun of ceramic instruments,
such as percussion and pipe instruments. "Construction"
section has different themes at different
times of the day in which children can learn
how to build ceramic houses and, what's better,
they can take them home. "Brick Carving
Activity" is to carve your own designs
on the bricks before being put in the kiln.
After being fired, the bricks can be used
as decoration or collected.
Respect to Ceramic God Festival in Yingge
Yingge has a long history of ceramics and
the "Paying Respect to Ceramic God"
festival (Lunar calendar September 9) has
become Yingge's special religious tradition.
Legend has it there were two brothers, Luo
Wen and Luo Ming, who were very good at pottery.
The festival is mainly dedicated to them.
To enable the public to understand and experience
more about the energy of the Ceramic God,
this long-practiced tradition is included
in this An Adventure in the Ceramics Land
project to help preserve local culture.
Besides "The Welcoming
Pottery Gods Parade", three routes, Yingge
Culture Old Street, Yingge Ceramic Old Street
and Yingge Historical Building, are designed
to allow the public to experience making pottery
and having fun with pottery. While visiting
all these charming Yingge cultural sites,
you can also taste local snacks and cuisines.
In addition, the SanSia-Yingge holiday culture
tour bus will also take you to tourist sites
in SanSia and Yingge.
All sorts of fun activities are arranged for
this event: concerts, magic shows, sketching,
comic character drawing, cut-out silhouettes,
clowns and individual or group performances
that can be seen either at the Ceramic Museum,
the Ceramic Park or every corner in town.
Creating a ceramic piece involves
mixing, kneading, shaping, pulling, drying
and firing. If we turn the process into fun
competitions, the public learns about ceramic
culture from playing games. The "Yingge
Ceramics Competitions" is made up of
four parts: carrying mud, pulling the pottery
with eyes blindfolded, pulling pottery between
couples and mud ball throwing games, which
will be held at Yingge Old Street and WenHua
Road. Entrance is free and awards are presented
as soon as each game is completed. What's
more, every participant can get a present.
In the early stage of Taiwan's
agriculture society, children used the soil
as their source of food and fun. The most
common example is the yam-baking earthen kilns.
From building the kiln to making a fire, the
children were divided up to be responsible
for different tasks. Children learn about
teamwork as well as have fun in the field.
If you come to the "Yam-baking Earthen
Kilns" events held in the Ceramic Park,
you will be able to experience the fun all
Adventure in the Ceramics Land in Cool October
One-day tours are also designed for junior
or elementary schools and groups. Activities
in the tour include visiting the studios,
ceramic workshops, fun ceramic stage shows,
ceramic demonstrations and the earth kiln
yam baking activity. You can also make a reservation
to visit Yingge Ceramic Studio.
2006 Yingge International Ceramics Festival
has arranged a wide variety of activities
to let the public learn more about Yingge
ceramic history and enjoy fun games. You definitely
don't want to miss this chance to experience
the festival spirit and explore ceramic charm.
Please visit the website for more information:
Get off the train at Yingge and exit from
the WenHua Road exit. It is a 10 minute walk
along WenHua Road.
1.Taipei Bus 917:MRT YonNing Station-Yingge
2.Taipei Bus 702:Taipei ZhongHua Road-MRT
XinPu Station-Panciao-ShuLin-Yingge Ceramic
3.Taipei Bus Blue 19:Panciao Train Station-ShuLin-Yingge
4.Taoyuan Bus:Taoyuan-Yingge Ceramic Museum-SanSia
1.Highway 3-SanYin interchange (SanSia-Yingge)-heading
toward Yingge-SanYin Bridge, in 3 minutes,
2.Highway 2 (Taoyuan inner lane) :Get off
at DaNan interchange (BaDe-Yingge), and head
toward Yingge. You will pass YinTao Road-ZhongSan
Road-ZhongSan Road-GuoQing Street. It’ll
take you 10 minutes or so.
(1) Coming from ShiLin, TaoYuan and GueiSan:
ZhongSan Road-GuoQing Road-GuoQing Street-WenHua
(2) Coming from BaDe:BaDe Road-ZhongZheng
Second Road-WenHua Road
(3) Coming from SanSia, TuCheng and DaSi:Taiwan
Line 3-SanSia FuXing Road-SaYin Bridge-WenHua
(4) Parking: There is a parking lot in front
of the Ceramics Museum on HuangHe Road
Buses during the festival(2006/10/6–10/29):
SanYin (SanSia and Yingge) holiday buses:
You can purchase the tickets and get on the
bus at the following locations: Yingge Train
Station (JiangGuo Road exit), Ceramics Old
Street, Hakka Culture Area, SanSia ZhuShu
Temple(9:30 am-6:30 pm every 20-30 minutes
from the Ceramics Museum)
Free bus ride for Yingge residents during
10/6–10/29, please visit the website
for more information: www.yingge.gov.tw/home.html
1.Adults NT$100, Discounted tickets NT$70;group
tickets NT$70?student tickets NT$50 (Field
trip deals can’t apply to the event)
2.Weekend deal, NT$99 (Saturday and Sunday
on 10/6 to 10/10)