Exhibitions | to 03/18/2018
Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, AL
A new installation of 19 contemporary Pueblo ceramic objects are on view in the Native American gallery. Pueblo pottery, traditionally made by women, has been integral to Native American communities of New Mexico and Arizona for thousands of years. With westward expansion in the 1800s, foreign visitors to the Pueblos began to purchase vessels which had previously been made for traditional use.
Pueblo ceramics are now a flourishing art form, highly sought after by international collectors and museums. Both women and men now make pottery, some working with traditional forms and techniques, and others experimenting with new materials and subject matter. This installation of vessels and figural sculptures includes work by Susan Folwell, Jody Naranjo, Diego Romero, Les Namingha, Lisa Holt, Harlan Reano, Jennifer Moquino, Inez Ortiz, Virgil Ortiz, and Jonathan Naranjo. – artsbma.org/exhibitions/current/
Exhibitions | 07/29/2017 to
Mint Museum Randolph, Randolph, NC
“Wares of the World: Asian Influence in Contemporary North Carolina Ceramics” (exhibition)
North Carolina potters have long apprenticed with Asian masters and taken trips and residencies to work and learn about foreign techniques, bringing back concepts that shape everything from glaze recipes to kiln shapes. In turn, ceramic artists hailing from Asia have also settled in North Carolina and practiced their craft, offering new viewpoints to their communities. The trading of ideas between artists across the globe has undoubtedly shaped the pottery that is created in North Carolina. This installation which opens July 29, 2017 and will be ongoing, focuses on the wide-ranging influence of training, aesthetics, and traditions from places including China, Japan, Korea, and Thailand on North Carolina ceramics.
Viewing ceramics side by side offers opportunities to make connections between easily spotted decorative aspects, but the influence of Asia also extends to sometimes invisible making processes. For example, numerous North Carolina potters use anagama kilns, which rely on several days of firing and a group of people working around the clock to glaze pots with ash. This kiln form and operation is drawn from Japan, China, and Korea. As in many clay cultures, it is impossible to separate the production of North Carolina ceramics from the scientific advances, decorative techniques, and rigorous trade associated with thousands of years of Asian ceramic production.
Drawing from the Mint’s permanent collection of historic and contemporary Asian ceramics and contemporary North Carolina ceramics highlights how aesthetic and technical exchange has impacted pottery in this state and beyond. Together, these objects reaffirm North Carolina as a meeting place for global innovation. – mintmuseum.org/art/exhibitions/detail/wares-of-the-world-asian-influence-in-contemporary-north-carolina-ceramics/
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The Museum of Indian Arts & Culture, Santa Fe, NM
The Buchsbaum Gallery of Southwestern Pottery exhibits nearly 300 vessels created by outstanding ceramic artists of the Pueblos of New Mexico and Arizona, from the inception of pottery-making in the Southwest up to the present. A study center for serious scholars, collectors, and visitors to the region, the gallery opened in 1997 through the generous support of Jane and Bill Buchsbaum of Santa Fe, New Mexico.
The Gallery draws upon the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture’s exceptional collection of over 6,000 ceramic masterpieces, including representative works from the prehistoric period, ca AD 400 - 1500, when the ancestral potters of the Southwest experimented with clays, slips, paints, and textures to create regional styles; classic examples from the historic period, ca AD 1500 - 1800, which saw the development of unique traditions at each Pueblo; and the modern period, from about 1880 to the present, when individual potters began to be recognized internationally for their work.
The Buchsbaum Gallery features each of the Pueblos of New Mexico and Arizona in a selection of pieces that represent the development of a community tradition. In addition, a changing area of the gallery, entitled Traditions Today highlights the evolving contemporary traditions of the ancient art of pottery making. – miaclab.org/current?&eventID=39
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/