What an exciting week this was, a new shipment came in with lots of new furniture. A few custom built pieces went the same week to their buyers, the rest is in our shop where it is showing of its beauty.
Not only for Qing was this an exciting week, but also for Said who had his first week of work here. His first workday was when the shipment came in and he really proved himself with his hard work.
Mao Ping went back to Beijing to see his wife and baby girl, Anne-Marie is joining him today and together they will go to Yue’s furniture studio as well as go to see Li’s new ceramics, how exciting!
As Anne-Marie and Mao Ping are gone the interns will take over Qing for the next ten days. Isn’t it great that they trust us and give us the opportunity to show what we can do?
Come and give Qing a visit while we look after the shop!
As I was saying in my last blog post Said worked half a day at Qing last Friday. He helped Anne-Marie with moving new ceramic stools upstairs and doing some of the stock take, which is a good exercise to learn new words. I’m really delighted to have him working with us, he is a hard worker and I think he will fit in just right.
This coming Monday a new shipment will arrive and we’ll be busy changing the displays again. To make it easier Anne-Marie and I started to clean up down stairs so we know exactly what to find where. I can’t wait to see the new furniture that comes in (I added a picture of one of the incoming furniture, have a look).
Come and see our new items and be surprised of the beauty .
Six weeks have gone by and I have six more weeks to go. The time really flies when you’re having fun and making new friends.
One of my new friends is Mao Ping, I had the pleasure to meet him and got to know him better during a nice dinner in London. He is an absolutely nice guy with a great sense of humour!
Last Monday Qing had its ceramics photographed by Niko Kolios in the new showroom that Qing will move into at the end of this year! The photos are lovely and we can’t wait to show them to you. Niko is also currently studying photo journalism, with one of his projects being portrait photos, allowing me to be one of the subjects. It was very nice and while he was taking the photos we got to know each other better. It really feels good to get to know new people!
My friends over here also met a new face, Rutger, my boyfriend, who came over from Holland. We had an incredible weekend visiting new places and looking at all the things that I’ve learnt here in the six weeks, as well as meeting all my new friends. Said, a new student from Holland also arrived to explore the culture of England and to improve his English. He lives with me in Birchington at Steve’s residence, so it will be interesting to help him learn. Tomorrow he will spend half a day working at Qing! His English needs a lot of improvement so pop in and have a small talk with him :)
Remembrance Day, was indeed a special day in Margate as Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip came to honour ex-servicemen and view the regeneration in Margate Old Town. Anne-Marie Nixey, Director of Qing Art was delighted to be chosen to meet Her Majesty as one of the people that had helped put Margate Old Town on the map and work with others to bring this heritage area to its current glory.
After a short visit to a couple of the shops the Royal Party then visited the newly opened Turner Contemporary Gallery and spoke to the team there that have made a fantastic contribution to the town.