Today I did a ceramic lecture at the Nanjing Arts Institute that is an art school across from where I am staying. My lecture was to the ceramic students there and I showed them images of my ceramic work from undergraduate school to present. Afterwards we went down to the studio and I made a couple of large pots on the wheel. They then invited me out to lunch at a nice restaurant that served great food. The students found out that I liked dumplings so they ordered this huge dish of Chinese dumplings. I also told them I did not like real spicy food so they ordered sweeter dishes. Chinese food comes spicy hot, spicy mild, and sweet mild.
Afterwards I took some photos of the senior artists who were showing their art work throughout the whole campus. I was interviewed by a campus news group and then a local television station. I hope they do some major editing as I ended up talking about being an environmentalist. They asked me what piece I liked the most and I happened to be standing by this sculpture that had 20 separate chunks of grass growing and about 6 bird houses. When you clapped your hands the birds inside would start singing. It was a very interesting piece. Everyone wants to know what the big white man is thinking. I hope I don’t get a knock on my door at 2:00 am and get questioned on China’s environmental issues, ha! The art campus is quite large and I saw graphic designs, ceramics, sculpture, glass blowing, jewelry making, architecture design, industrial design, both traditional and modern paintings, ceramic restoration, fashion design, printmaking, and any other arts that they offer. It was quite amazing. This is the same campus where earlier I attended a dance presentation and a bamboo flute concert. My lecture had started at 9:00 am and I got back to my apartment around 3:00 pm. I had a great time doing what I love in China.
I then took a short nap and worked on an art project for one of my English classes. Afterwards I went out to find a Bank of China and when I finally did find it they were closed for 4 days so I had to get some cash from another banks ATM. I was trying to see if the extra charge would be cheaper than the $10.00 I was charged two other times. My discover card said it had an agreement with the Bank of China so I was hoping the fee would be less. I got back about 8:30 and ate a dinner of crackers, street bread, watermelon, and a zone bar. I had gone to the canteen to eat but nothing looked appealing to me. One time they had chicken thighs that were barbecued and I was hoping they would have that again tonight. I then took a shower and am now ready for bed.
A lot of students have gone home this weekend as they get a 3 day holiday for the Dragon Boat Festival. Most families celebrate at home eating special foods together and then on June 6th they get out some dragon boats and parade in the water or have a race. I am not sure what they do since this is new to me and I can’t seem to get anyone to tell me exactly what they do except eating and spending time with their family. China is still beautiful!