Exhibitions | September 21, 2016 to February 12, 2017
Batchelder: Tilemaker is the first local exhibit dedicated solely to the life and work of this extraordinary artist and educator. Ernest Batchelder. Exhibit curator, Dr. Robert Winter.
Exhibitions | 10/8/16 to 7/31/17
American Museum of Ceramic Art (AMOCA)
Folktales have been found in cultures throughout the world. Many folktales emerged simultaneously and independently of one another, suggesting that cultures shared parallel narratives.
The Roman historian Strabo recorded one of the earliest versions of Cinderella in the first century B.C. The classic fairy tale Hansel and Gretel was based on real events during the Great Famine of 1315 A.D. In the late 1600’s French author Charles Perrault, wrote stories derived from folktales including Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Puss in Boots, The Sleeping Beauty and Bluebeard.
The invention of the printing press by Johannes Gutenberg around 1440 improved the speed of printing books. The Industrial Revolution and advancements in printing technologies increased the quantity of books and reduced the cost of producing books. These innovations enabled writers such as Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm to collect, document, and share classic folklore and fairy tales with a much larger audience. The Mettlach: Folklore and Fairy Tales exhibition includes 140 objects.
HISTORY OF METTLACH
In 1748, François Boch began manufacturing ceramic dinnerware in France. In 1809, the Boch family purchased a former Benedictine abbey in Mettlach, Germany. Mettlach is located on the Saar River near the border of France. Jean-François Boch, François Boch’s grandson, designed many of the machines used to improve production at the new facility.
In 1791, Nicholas Villeroy acquired an earthenware factory in Germany. Villeroy brought in specialists from England and France to modernize production and around 1815 they developed a printing process to create decals that could be fired onto clay (prints under glaze.)
The two families merged their ceramic companies in 1836 to create Villeroy and Boch (V&B). The Mettlach factory reached its peak about 1880 but began to decline around in the early 1900’s due to a downturn in the economy and World War I. Today, V&B continues to produce bathroom wares, tableware, and other ceramics. – amoca.org/mettlach/
Show & Sales | 5/20/17 to 5/21/17
Pasadena Convention Center
About The Los Angeles Pottery Show
The Los Angeles Pottery Show began when producers Ken Stalcup and Dennis Warden solidified their passion for art pottery into an annual show to promote collecting art pottery ranging from contemporary to vintage to antiques in 1999.
After the 2016 Los Angeles Pottery Show, longtime producers Ken Stalcup and Dennis Warden made the difficult decision to retire from running LAPS, and announced that LAPS 2016 was the last show. After hearing the sad news, current owner Kyle M. Shiroma made the big decision to revive the show and build on the solid foundation laid by Ken & Dennis, and continue their legacy into the next generation of art pottery enthusiasts.
Our vision is to promote contemporary ceramic artists, education on vintage & antique art pottery and connect artists and vendors to collectors and fans alike
Current producer Kyle M. Shiroma has over 20 years’ experience in the retail field, from high end merchandising to pharmacy services and more recently in the fine jewelry field as a diamond grader for the Gemological Institute of America and fine jewelry retailing.
Our philosophy is to advance the passion, interest and enjoyment of art pottery
Exhibitions | to 5/7/17
Denver Art Museum
Founded in 1898 by Edward Richard Taylor and his son William Howson Taylor, Ruskin Pottery was named after a founding writer and critic of the Arts & Crafts movement, John Ruskin. Throughout its 35-year history, the pottery produced decorative vessels, tableware, buttons, and small glazed plaques called enamels, intended to be set in silver or pewter as jewelry.
Artistry and Craftsmanship: Ruskin Pottery, Enamels, and Buttons showcases the Ruskin Pottery style of hand-thrown and hand-turned ceramic bodies with innovative glazes. Works on view illustrate Howson Taylor's continual experimentation with new and sometimes difficult glaze techniques, resulting in four primary glazes—soufflé, luster, crystalline/matte, and high-fired flambé.
This exhibition features about 80 objects from 213 works of Ruskin Pottery given to the Denver Art Museum by Carl Patterson, the museum's conservator emeritus. This remarkable gift makes the DAM collection of Ruskin Pottery one of the largest collections in the world and presents great opportunities for research, exhibition, and publication.
Artistry and Craftsmanship is organized by Darrin Alfred, curator of architecture, design, and graphics, and Kati Woock, curatorial assistant, department of architecture, design and graphics. – denverartmuseum.org/exhibitions/artistry-and-craftsmanship