The title of the Congress 2018 is called the New Orientalia, and the congress seeks to promote a critical reflection on what constitutes the oriental sensibility. What is the soul of Asia and how is it defined, interpreted and reinterpreted within the context of the global ceramic community? Discussions might include its past, present and future while also examining its regional differences as it is expressed and redefined within the complex of Eastern cultures. How have studio practices, communication technologies, the Internet and, more recently, the phenomenon of social media reshaped and transformed the dialog with and within Asia?

Proposals are to be submitted that attempt to address the New Orientalia within the framework of Functionality, Spirituality and Diversity - terms that are at the core of ceramic practice and dialog.


Functionality addresses the practical and technical aspects of clay encompassing the aesthetics of ritual and use. Speakers may introduce examples and comparisons of functional ceramics that successfully grasp the balance or discuss theories on how to achieve this.

Spirituality is meant to focus on the intangible but powerful forces of tradition that constitute the inner nature of the culture rather than external forces. What is the artist's spirit, concept and content embedded in the work? What is the state of mind that is the personification of spiritual and philosophical ideas? Speakers may question the relationship between body and spirit, artist and medium as well as the concept of expression.

Diversity accentuates the interrelatedness of ceramics and its crossovers into other aspects of cultural expression. Local art, culture and style are expressed through diverse creative processes including design, multimedia and culture. Speakers may discuss specific approaches developed by artists to express local context and how their work might relate on an international stage.