Friday Fare: Pottery shard museum/restaurant

This image, taken in Tianjin, caught my eye over at the China Hope Live blog:

The blogger says of the photo,

    Me and Liu Wei at a rather eccentric local museum. It doubles as a restaurant and its business card says “eatable museum.” A lot of the stuff on display was damaged during the Cultural Revolution, that means there are lots of headless statues and statue-less heads. The walls are covered in shattered pottery.

It reminded me of an Eddie Dominguez work (titled “Art and Crap” if I recall correctly) where he contrasted art and craft by using shards of pottery and kitsch figurines, although I suppose a lot of different works make use of shards if we really want to catalog the idea.


About pcNielsen
Paul Nielsen founded The Aesthetic Elevator late in 2005. He owns a piece of paper, located somewhere in his house (not on the wall), stating that he earned a B.F.A. from the University of Nebraska around about 2001. While there, he studied studied architecture, graphic design and ceramics, graduating with a degree in studio art. Paul presently serves as communications manager for a small non-profit doing their print design and marketing. He spends as much time sculpting in his studio as possible — which is not nearly enough. Visit his website at

One Response to Friday Fare: Pottery shard museum/restaurant

  1. Joel says:

    The owner is a local guy with a personal interest in Chinese history and art. He has a handful of places around town that make extensive use of the shattered ‘china,’ including one whole building that’s completely covered and spelling ‘China’ in huge letters across the top. What’s shown in the photo is just a sliver of what he’s put together — literally millions of pieces of broken ceramics have gone into these places.

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