RedHouse Ceramics Studio was co-founded in Jingdezhen, the porcelain capital of China in 2011 by Takeshi Yasuda, Felicity Aylieff andBaixuXiong.Primarily it was established to make and promote our ceramic works but now our activities have increased and we are involved in exhibitions, lectures, education and also undertake commissions, sight-specific projects, and design for production.
Yasuda is Japanese trained, with multicultural experiences, Aylieff is a British artist working in ceramic and involved in education internationally, and Xiong is Chinese, local to Jingdezhen and widely traveled, with experience of art promotion and curation. Coming from different countries and combined with our individual expertise it brings a unique diversity of resource, capabilities, and cultural perspective to RedHouse.
As a professional team that works in the arts and creative fields, we are constantly striving to push the boundaries of the materials and the skills employed in making work. We believe it is vital for us to understand and be open, and flexible in our thinking, and this approach is reflected in the range of our creativity.
In 2017, we moved our studio to a new home in Taoxichuan, a recently restored and refurbished industrial ceramic factory that forms part of significant cultural development in the center of Jingdezhen city. It is here that you can visit and see us at work.
Felicity Aylieff was born in the UK, She has a Bachelor degree in ceramics from Bath Academy of Art (1972-1978), a teaching degree from Goldsmiths College, London (1978 – 1979), and an M Phil research degree in ceramics from the Royal College of Art, London (1993-1996). She was appointed Professor of ceramics at Bath Spa University in 2001and in 2002 she became Senior Tutor in Ceramics and Glass at the Royal College of Art, where she continues to teach. She exhibits internationally and is consultant to many organizations. Her first visit to Jingdezhen was 2005 where she began her adventure with monumental works.
Takeshi Yasuda was born in Japan. His pottery training was at Daisei- Gama Pottery in Mashiko 1963-1966, where he established his first studio in1967. In 1973, Yasuda went to the UK where he took up residence. He was appointed Research Professor to Ulster University and taught for some years at the Royal College of Art in London and was awarded the Doctor of Letters D.Litt. from Bath Spa University in 2014. Over the years, he has taught at many workshops and universities world-wide. His first visit to Jingdezhen was in 2004 where he continues to explore his ceramic journey.
Baixu Xiong was born in Jingdezhen, China, where her families have been involved in the Jingdezhen porcelain industry and tradition for generations. She has a degree in Chinese classic dance, experience in finance and business and is proficient in spoken and written English. In 2006, she worked on a residency programme in Jingdezhen liaising with artists from across the world introducing them to the expertise of the city’s artisans and manufacturing opportunities. With her extensive years of experience, she works as a curator, writer, translator, and organises workshops, lectures, and international cultural activities.