Seeking Sustainability

In 2020, the International Bone China Symposium in Kaunas, Lithuania celebrated its long history with the material and its ability to be a catalyst for conversation, exploration and community. The theme of this year’s event was Sustainability, a topic that seems to speak to so many things happening right now around the world. While we all gravitate towards a specific definition or notion of this concept, the organizers expressed their interest in this term simply as a means of exploring “a way of existence”. One could only assume this took into consideration a number of variables that include the gamut of social, economic and environmentally conscious iterations of “sustainability” – all of this translated by the artists and through a material that is based on roughly fifty percent agricultural waste (i.e. bone ash).