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  • Locations: Jingdezhen, China; Shanghai, China
  • Program Terms: Fall
  • Restrictions: UC applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Type Detailed: UC Faculty-Led Program Program Type General: Faculty-Led
Level of Study: Graduate, Undergraduate Academic Theme: Art, Architecture, Planning, and Design
Credit Offered: UC Credit Click here for a definition of this term Registration Term: Fall
Language Courses Offered: No Language of Instruction: English
Click here for a definition of this term Language Prerequisite: No Housing Options: Apartment
Program Lead Faculty: Guy Davis Program Additional Faculty: Katie Parker
Program Advisor: Thomas Shannon
Program Description:
China Pottery Group Photo

Program OverviewChina Pottery Class 2

This course examines the past and present mood of ceramics and porcelain in China. Focus will be placed on creating a body of work inside a historical sculpture factory in China that has been producing porcelain for almost 2,000 years. Students will learn how to outsource and work collaboratively within a factory setting. This class will also focus on different methods of glaze and surface treatment, along with a variety of building methods both in the students’ respective studios and in Jingdezhen, China. Students will spend three weeks in Jingdezhen moving through the Sculpture Factory, meeting with local artists and designers, visiting museums and galleries, and attending weekly lectures by visiting artists. Concepts will be developed in keeping with the factory process and routine, using a variety of techniques to create a series of dynamic sculptural or functional pieces. These pieces will be evaluated in both individual and group critiques throughout the semester. Students will be exposed to past and present ceramic history through in class presentations and historical research presentations and readings.


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LocationVase and Mountains

Jingdezhen, China


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Who Can Participate?China Pottery Workstations

Students at the following levels are eligible to participate in this program:

    Graduate Students


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Academic Program and Course Information

China Pottery Class 1

This course will provide an introduction into the history and traditions of porcelain production in Jingdezhen China, the porcelain city. The class will be divided into two components: a “lecture” portion, which may include demonstrations, critiques, films and readings both in Cincinnati and Jingdezhen, and a “lab" component in which students are engaged in the production of new work with the Jingdezhen Sculpture Factory in China. Introductory ceramic experience is highly desirable. This class will be conducted in English, and translators will be available to students while in Jingdezhen.

All students in this program are required to enroll in FAA 5111-001  FAA6011-001: HANDMADE IN CHINA: Porcelain Studio for 3 credits for fall semester 2018.
Tuition and fees are assessed based on total enrolled hours for a term. This includes the hours associated with the study abroad class. Students who enroll for more than 18 hours for the term will be assessed additional per credit hour fees over and above the flat fees associated with being enrolled full-time (for most students full-time is 12-18 hours).
Co-op students selected to participate in this program are required to enroll in the course during the designated term, regardless of when the student may be on co-op.  If the course is during a term when the student is on co-op, tuition and fees will be charged per a student’s residency status and college, based on the part-time per credit hour rate.
A student can see his/her full and part time tuition rates and college fees here (use left-side navigation menu to click into the relevant academic year):


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Both Katie Parker and Guy Michael Davis have BFA degrees in ceramics from the Kansas City Art Institute, and MFA degrees from The Ohio State University. Currently, Katie is an Assistant Professor at the University of Cincinnati, running the ceramics department. Guy works for multiple designers across the country, and is an adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Cincinnati. For several years, they have also been collaborating together, making objects that combine new technology, porcelain, and good craft. They have exhibited both nationally and internationally, with recent shows in New York City, Jingdezhen China, Cardiff Wales, Philadelphia, Kansas City, and Cambridge Massachusetts.

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Living ArrangementsView from Window

Housing (dorm style 1-2 person fully stocked rooms) with kitchen, bathroom, and laundry facilities are provided through The Pottery Workshop - our host organization in Jingdezhen China. The site also provides a chef who cooks 2 groups meals a day, lunch and dinner except on Sundays. Each student also receives their own space in a shared ceramics studio. 3 nights stay in Shanghai in hotels booked through The Pottery Workshop, 2 students per room. Hotel is located in the French Concession district of Shanghai.


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Getting There

Group flights will be arranged by UC International.  You are responsible for your own transportation to and from the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG).

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Program Costs

2018 Program Cost: $4,685.00 

Included in Program Cost:

  • Housing / accommodations
  • International airfare
  • Some meals (3 meals a day Monday-Saturday)
  • In-country transportation for program-planned activities
  • In-country airfare from Shanghai to Jingdezhen
  • Cultural excursions/entrance fees
  • International emergency and evacuation insurance
  • Studio on site at The Pottery Workshop
  • Visa application/processing fees
Not Included in Program Cost:
  • Tuition – (at your standard tuition rate)
  • Passport application/renewal fees (~$165)
  • Recommended/required immunization/vaccination fees
  • Some meals (~$200-500)
  • Personal spending/souvenirs (~$100-300)

This program has been awarded a $1,000 UC International Scholarship (matriculated, UC degree-seeking students only).  This brings the posted financial liability of the program down to $3,685.00.  Student must have a  minimum 2.0 GPA to receive this scholarship. 

Note that both program charges and UC International scholarship will be posted separately on a student’s OneStop bill on the semester in which the course for the study abroad experience is given.  Program charges are posted shortly after students commit to the program through the online application process.  Scholarships are posted after all students 1) register for the course connected to the study abroad experience, and 2) complete all study abroad online paperwork.

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UC Financial Aid and Scholarships

For full details on using your financial aid to help pay for your study abroad experience, you should contact UC Financial Aid.

UC International awarded over $800,000 in student scholarships last year. Please refer to the UC International webpage for more information.

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Passports and Visas

A valid passport is essential to your international travel and study abroad. If you are planning to travel abroad, its best to apply for a passport now as processing times may vary. Please see for more information.

In order to obtain country-specific visa instructions and resources, refer to your host country’s embassy web page. One way to access this information is visa the US Department of State’s webpage at

UC International is happy to guide UC faculty, staff and students to possible resources about visas for study abroad. Although, applying for the necessary visa for travel is the responsibility of the individual UC traveler. Entry requirements change frequently and we advise you to pay close attention to consular updates. It is your responsibility to knowing and addressing the requirements for your host study abroad destination.

Applying for a visa can be a complicated process. Some UC travelers choose to third party to assist with this process, for example Travisa or A Briggs (mention UC for a possible discount).

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Health and Safety Abroad

UC International is committed to student and faculty safety while abroad. The following are a few resources for travel abroad.

UC faculty, students and staff are responsible for their own health and safety abroad. The US Department of State, Centers for Disease Control Prevention (CDC) and International SOS are excellent resources for country specific information.

UC partners with International SOS medical and security advice. UC code is 11BCAS000010

UC students, faculty and staff can utilize International SOS in the following ways:
  • Sign up to receive email alerts for medical and security information, customizable to various locations abroad
  • Read about travel health information with medical advice, food and water safety, and cultural tips
  • Explore travel security with personal safety tips and travel risk ratings for locations abroad

UC faculty, students and staff traveling abroad should register their travel abroad through the US Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) in case of an emergency abroad.

All UC students participating in a University of Cincinnati sanctioned or funded international travel program are required to purchase and maintain insurance while abroad. UC International partners with CISI to provide insurance for UC students.

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Contacts for More Information

Guy Michael Davis (
Adjunct Asst. Professor DAAP School of Art


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This program is currently not accepting applications.