3rd Bunting Biennial Ceramics Symposium: “Communities of Clay: Ceramic Enterprises Past and Present”
Symposium | 2/17/17 to 2/18/17
Birmingham Museum of Art
The Birmingham Museum of Art is now issuing a Call for Papers for the 3rd Bunting Biennial Ceramics Symposium to be held at the Birmingham Museum of Art, February 17-18, 2017. This year’s theme will be Communities of Clay: Ceramic Enterprises Past and Present.
COMMUNITIES OF CLAY: Ceramic Enterprises Past and Present
Friday, February 17, 2017
6:15pm Susan Folwell, ceramic artist, Santa Clara Pueblo, Taos, NM
7:00-9:00pm Reception in conjunction with the 32nd annual Alabama Clay Conference
Saturday, February 18, 2017
9:00am Opening Remarks, moderated by Emily Hanna, Ph.D., senior curator of the arts of Africa and the Americas, Birmingham Museum of Art
9:15am Ali Istalifi, Crafts Specialist, Project Manager at Jindhag Foundation and Independent Filmmaker
Turquoise Splendour of Istalfi: Rebuilding a war-torn Pottery Community in Afghanistan
10:00am Coffee break and free time to visit the galleries
10:30am Bruce Bernstein, executive director and curator, Ralph T. Coe Foundation for the Arts, Santa Fe, NM
Crafting Survival Through Enterprise: the Pueblo Pottery Revival
11:15am Chris Kelly, chair of the art department and associate professor of art, Piedmont College, Demorest, GA
12:00pm Lunch and free time to visit the galleries
1:30pm Brenda Hornsby Heindl, ceramics department head, Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates Auction, Crawford, VA
New Frontiers: Backcountry Communities of Clay for Free and Enslaved People of Color
2:15pm Anne Forschler-Tarrasch, Ph.D., chief curator, The Marguerite Jones Harbert and John M. Harbert III Curator of Decorative Arts, Birmingham Museum of Art
The Staffordshire Pottery Industry: Preservation of a Tradition
3:00pm Closing remarks and thanks; Free time to visit the galleries
The Birmingham Museum of Art, a comprehensive regional museum, has emerged as a major Southeastern center for ceramic study. Currently, the collection includes more than 16,000 objects of ceramic art from Africa, the Americas, Europe, and Asia, dating from the Jomon period of Neolithic Japan to the present day. The collection reflects the centrality of ceramics to cultures worldwide. It is central to the mission of the Museum to provide the public with a sense of the value and relevance of the artworks it houses.
The primary purpose of hosting a ceramics symposium is to educate the public about the importance and relevance of ceramics both historically and today. By exploring universal themes that touch on core aspects of the human experience, the Museum hopes to engage current and future museum visitors by connecting ceramic art to people and their lives.
Throughout the world and across time, there have always existed communities, or extended families, of potters, who have relied on the production of ceramics for their livelihood. For many of these, the creation of ceramic objects is a way of life, a tradition to be preserved and handed down from generation to generation. Yet, within the context of the modern global economy, many of these traditions have become obsolete. In response, some communities have made a successful shift by pivoting to new markets, which has allowed them to maintain traditions or create new ones inspired by the past. From Native American cultures of the Southwest to potters in Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe and the Middle East, “communities of clay” have become known for their distinctive wares that guard the past while often spurring economic revival.
The symposium will explore themes of ceramic enterprises past and present by considering the subject in a broad array of historical and geographical contexts. – artsbma.org/major-event/bunting-biennial-ceramics-symposium/
Symposium | 5/14/16 to 5/14/16
Each year, on a Saturday in early May, the Cowan Pottery Symposium is held at the Rocky River Public Library. The Symposium is organized by the Cowan Pottery Museum curator and Rocky River Public Library staff and is co-sponsored by CPMA. Symposium sessions are open to all and there is no charge for admission, but reservations are required for attendees wishing to purchase a catered lunch. The Symposium program is intended for all who are interested in Cowan Pottery, its connections with the Cleveland School art movement, later work of Cowan artists, local history, art pottery and antiques collecting, or the arts in general.
Each year, the all-day Symposium program includes presentations by noted experts in decorative arts, art history and the role of R. Guy Cowan’s venture in the contemporary Cleveland environment. Other activities at the Symposium include news from collectors on new discoveries, acquisitions and restoration projects, and the Annual R. Guy Cowan Scholarship presentation.
The weekend of the Symposium also includes a post-event dinner gathering and is also a time for CPMA to present fundraising events such as sale or auctions of Cowan pottery items and to conduct its Annual Meeting. – cowanpottery.org/symposium/