The Tennessee Porcelain Artists Clubs will be hosting its annual convention, April 28-30, at the Holiday Inn on Cedar Bluff Road. San Do, an internationally recognized porcelain artist, will be demonstrating his art. This convention hopes to increase public awareness and participation of painting on china, while also educating the public about the art and its history. This event strives to join together artists and friends from the state of Tennessee to celebrate the art, with the opportunity to learn about an almost lost art to keep it alive for years to come.

Painting on china began in 8th century China; it then spread to Japan and into Europe. In January of 1980, President Jimmy Carter made a declaration that china painting was a fine art.  July 1980 was designated as "National Porcelain Art Month," and the President authorized and requested the people of the United States to observe this month with appropriate ceremonies and activities.

Anyone who is interested in the art of painting on china is encouraged to come out to learn from artists in demonstrations and displays on their art. There will also be sales of china, paints, painted china and white elephant sales and a display of antique china. A silent auction will also be held for all in attendance to participate.

The event is free to the public, with a small fee to participate in the demonstrations. For more information and interviews, please contact Virginia Tyler at 865-522-5486.