Welcome to the official site of the Ceramic Art Project, a non-profit organization started by Mr. Lou Smedts as an open platform for the known and unknown artists who share the same passion, making and using of a Chawan (a tea cup used in the traditional eastern tea ceremonies). It manages Chawan-related exhibitions, including the International Chawan Project, which has been organizing traveling exhibitions since 2005.

Latest Exhibitions

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    usa

    2015 Chawan Expo in Tennessee, U.S.A.

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    belgium

    2015 Messages From Clay, Vichte, Belgium

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    belgium

    2015 Chawan Expo in Hemiksem, Belgium

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    belgium

    2015 Whispers of Tea, Oostende, Belgium

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    the-netherlands

    2014 Whispers of Tea, Utrecht




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In 2005 I thought that it was time to start a project with the most simple useful object, with little commercial value, a tea bowl. Nobody was waiting for a tea bowl exhibition in the museums the ceramists I contacted told me. So, I went to the museums to convince them that tea bowls are unique art objects. And surprisingly the directors listened and opened their doors for the project. From there the Chawan adventure took a fast start, through several museums and gallery’ s almost around the world. Much to the surprise of the participants who never expected such success. The train was running and as in all projects, people who liked my way of organizing stayed, the others left. The people who stayed learned to know each other and helped each other. Soon a close group of friends emerged from the project. Working together, trusting each other, in a high speed the exhibitions come and go, every time unique and successful. Thanks to the people who took the responsibility for the exhibitions in their own countries I could lean back a bit and focus on the future of the project, that will continue as long as museums and galleries are asking us. If I put all the facts together, the most important data of this project are the friendship and the cooperation amongst the participants, all have grown in many ways. I would not have imagined harmony and cohesion in the group, assuming that all artists are individualists. It is this friendship and cooperation that ads the greatest value and respect for the project worldwide. This has to be Zen.

Lou Smedts