Events 2017-08-27T10:26:45+00:00


“Folklore and Fairy Tales: From the Mettlach Collection”

| to 07/31/2018

American Museum of Ceramic Art (AMOCA), Pomona, CA

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. –

“Clay in Transit: Contemporary Mexican Ceramics”

| 01/17/2018 to 04/08/2018

Newcomb Art Museum of Tulane University, New Orleans, LA

Clay in Transit (Tierras Ambulantes) presents the work of seven Mexican-born sculptors who bridge the past and present by creating contemporary pieces using an ancient medium.

Exhibition curator and artist Paloma Torres explains, “In this contemporary moment, clay is a borderline. It is a material that has played a critical role in the development of civilization: early man used clay not only to represent spiritual concerns but also to hold food and construct homes.”

While made of a primeval material, the exhibited works nonetheless reflect the artists’ twenty-first-century aesthetics and concerns as well as their fluency in diverse media—from painting and drawing to video, graphic design, and architecture. –

The 31st National Arts and Crafts Conference

, , , | 02/16/2018 to 02/18/2018

Grove Park Inn, Asheville, NC

Even after thirty years, I still find it hard to believe that the Arts and Crafts Revival is still going as strong as ever.

But, then, when I think about the excitement and the passion that people from across the country bring to the Omni Grove Park Inn each February, it really is not that hard to believe.

Since 1913 the Grove Park Inn has been known as the mecca for Arts and Crafts enthuiasts. And since 1988 the Arts and Crafts Conference has been educating and entertaining Arts and Crafts enthusiasts at every level -- from beginning collectors and bungalow owners to experienced auction and show veterans.

When I founded the National Arts and Crafts Conference thirty years ago, I had but one goal, and that has never changed: to provide educational opportunitiues for every attendee, regardless of their level of experience. From seminars and small group discussions to walking tours, demonstrations, and the selling shows themselves, these three unique days in February are designed with you in mind.

So, please, take a stroll through the pages at this website, starting with the Daily Agenda below and the Slide Show, to get a feel for what we have planned -- and are continuing to plan -- for you. And if you have any questions, just send us an email or give us a call, as Jan and I are here to answer your questions, take your requests, and do everything we can to make this YOUR most important weekend of the year. –

“Pueblo Ceramics”

| 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. –

“Wares of the World: Asian Influence in Contemporary North Carolina Ceramics”

| 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. –