The serie Once Upon a Time have been made in a special edition during a work period of 5 months in Jingdezhen and shown in galleries in London, Montreal and Shanghai.
The main focus in the work months was to enable new explorations, meeting and engaging with artists and designers, establishing meaningful relationships and develop new work in the studio, exploring local craftwork and factories.
Living the daily life in China in the first period in 2005 was like stepping in a roller coster and finding a new balance. The collection is triggered by watching this character figure stories in China, understanding their perspective and role of animal figurative. The Hare shapes the main figure in the work, a Chinese symbolic figure used in many ways, from food to fortune. The serie started very figurative, being hands-on with new techniques and work with local craftsmen to experiment and draw out a new narrative.
A lot of time was spend working and talking with artists/designers and going trough neighbourhoods. Sharing experience where great moments. Several nights Judith ended up talking with Chinese art friends till dawn about culture, art/design climates and passion for work. The work experience opened new relations for returning in the coming years and continue to work and create a deeper knowledge and possibilities for future.
The collection exists out porcelain, hand decorated objects, vases, plates and figures.