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Contemporary British Studio Ceramics from the Arkansas Arts Center Foundation Collection
January 16 @ 9:00 am - March 7 @ 5:00 pm
Drawn entirely from the Arkansas Arts Center Foundation Collection, this exhibition contains examples of 20th century British studio ceramics by many of the acknowledged artists of their time. The works were gifts to the Arkansas Arts Center by Diane and Sanford (“Sandy”) Besser and range from functional wares—bowls and teapots—to purely sculptural forms. Collectively, the works in the exhibition illustrate a rich variety of technique and forms represented, ranging from slab-building, hand-building, and wheel throwing, to neriage and nerikomi, traditional Japanese methods using “marbleized” clay and similar to the 17th- and 18th-century “agatewares” of England. There is a diverse range of finishes represented, from glazed and slip-inlaid to burnished surfaces.
Panel Discussion: Community in the Making: Expanding the Craft Field, Friday January 31, 2020, 10 a.m. WCAD 101
Organized in conjunction with Jen Padgett, Assistant Curator, Crystal Bridges Museum of
American Art and Glenn Adamson.