• Ceramics for Charity Exhibition

     

     

    What people are saying:

     


     

    Hi Wendy,

     

    I went to the exhibition link and I must say, the exhibition is breathtaking, both in the selection of work and the virtual display. I am honored to be a part of it.

     

    Thank you.

     

    Best,

    Brooke Millecchia, USA

     

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    Dear Wendy,

     

    I have no words to express my emotion for the project. Please, give my congratulations to Joshua and Vipoo.

     

    The catalog is magnificent and is curated to perfection!!!!

     

    Many thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!

     

    Martha Pachón Rodríguez

    Artist & Art Director FACC Faenza Art Ceramic Center, Italy

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    'Working with Wendy Gers has been one of the greatest professional gifts & catalysts in my professional practice as a ceramic artist.

     

    As a nurturing curator, she thoughtfully engaged & encouraged me, giving me the freedom & the challenge to develop an entirely new, organic form, culminating in a major body of work. My collaboration with Wendy resulted in a 64 piece-installation for the First Central China International Ceramics Biennale, at the Henan Museum.

     

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    Pippa Drysdale _  Ceramics Residency _ Wendy Gers
    Wan Liya. Central China Ceramics Biennale.

    'The first time I met Wendy Gers was at Jakarta Ceramic Biennale & Conference Indonesia in 2014. She gave a very interesting lecture with rich knowledge about ceramic art & history.

     

    Wendy & I got to know each other when she started to work as the curator on First Central China International Ceramic Biennale 2016. We corresponded about the theme & concept of the exhibition. I submitted 3 of my proposals & she helped to improve them a lot. Finally, I made a perfect ceramic installation for the Biennale.

     

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    Since then we have stayed in touch & I have continued to be impressed by her knowledge & passion for the subject & her total dedication & professionalism in whatever she does.'

     

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    England

    Yanze Jiang _ Portrait _ Ceramics Rsidency _ Wendy Gers

    'I met Wendy Gers at the 2014 Taiwan Ceramic Biennale, as one of the invited artists. In 2015, on her way to the Henan Museum, Wendy visited my studio which was located in a ceramic factory. On my window-sill, she saw some small pieces of industrial honeycomb ceramics that I had carved. Wendy instantly understood the significance and potential of these small tests. She encouraged me to develop them into a large sculptural installation, and the “City & Shanshui” series was then shown in the exhibition she curated in Henan.

     

    From my view, Cont{r}act Earth: First Central China International Ceramics Biennale was the best professional international ceramic exhibition held in mainland China. The exhibition shows Wendy’s ability as a curator to nurture artists to expand their practice. With her professional judgment, insight and communication skills, she is an excellent helper for artists.'

     

    Yanze Jiang

    China

    Dragonstone series, 2016

    Thanks to Wendy Gers I had the chance to bring a quite unknown new technique into a totally new platform. She had the ability to see potential in this relative unknown material & asked me to come over to China & develop this research into a new level within a local factory. The outcome was a surprising result of Chinese classical forms in combination with a new technique from the Netherlands.

     

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    She motivated me to develop my drawings as a key aspect of my practice & display them alongside my works as interpreting environments is essential to my process.'

     

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    Oren Arbel & Noam Tabenkin. First Minimisation, 2018.

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    During this project we were given the opportunity to be curated by Wendy Gers – an exciting journey that enabled us to develop our innovative ceramic project.

     

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    She showed great sensitivity escorting us through the process & enriching it with valuable inputs while, on the other hand, ensuring our independence.'

     

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