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Revisiting the VOC – Art in Clay Exhibition

The month of October in Franschhoek has become known for the ceramic festival being hosted
by a number of art galleries of the town.  This year we have decided to ask our artists revisit
the porcelain of the VOC (Dutch East India Company) and give it their own interpretation.
Dutch merchants arrived in Asia towards the end of the 16th century. The VOC, (Dutch East
India Company, 1602–1799), founded in 1602, competed fiercely with the Portuguese as
traders. Porcelain from captured Portuguese vessels (caraccas) was called “kraak” porcelain,
a Dutch corruption of the Portuguese word. It was made especially for export in Jingdezhen,
the porcelain centre in Jiangxi Province. The VOC shipped it in huge quantities and soon it was
a commonplace item in Dutch interiors. Kraak porcelain was primarily bought for practical use
but pieces also had decorative functions. The paintings, done in under glaze blue only, show
landscapes and animals, and rarely featured human figures.
The dates for the Art in Clay Exhibition at IS ART at Le Quartier François, 16 Huguenot Street,
Franschhoek is from the 6
weekends 10h00 to 17h00.  For more information please contact Ilse or Alisha at (021) 876 8443 or
visit our website on www.is-art.co.za.
th
to the 31
st
of October.  Gallery hours:  weekdays 9h00 – 17h00 and

6 – 31 October 2013

The month of October in Franschhoek has become known for the ceramic festival being hosted by a number of art galleries of the town.  This year we have decided to ask our artists revisit the porcelain of the VOC (Dutch East India Company) and give it their own interpretation.

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Dutch merchants arrived in Asia towards the end of the 16th century. The VOC, (Dutch East India Company, 1602–1799), founded in 1602, competed fiercely with the Portuguese as traders. Porcelain from captured Portuguese vessels (caraccas) was called “kraak” porcelain, a Dutch corruption of the Portuguese word. It was made especially for export in Jingdezhen, the porcelain centre in Jiangxi Province. The VOC shipped it in huge quantities and soon it was a commonplace item in Dutch interiors. Kraak porcelain was primarily bought for practical use but pieces also had decorative functions. The paintings, done in under glaze blue only, show landscapes and animals, and rarely featured human figures.

The dates for the Art in Clay Exhibition at IS ART at Le Quartier Français, 16 Huguenot Street, Franschhoek is from the 6th to the 31 of October. Gallery hours:  weekdays 9h00 – 17h00 and weekends 10h00 to 17h00.  For more information please contact Ilse or Alisha at (021) 876 8443 or visit our website on www.is-art.co.za.

Contact Ilse Schermers
IS Art at Le Quartier Français, 16 Huguenot Street, Franschhoek, isart@lqf.co.za; tel: 021-876 8443; cell: 0836269058

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