UNITED STATES: ‘Absolutely Nobody,’ Discovering Old Ceramics, New York Times – This feature is about a husband and wife team and their pursuit of “freelance ceramics scholarship.” Their experience has been gained through just that, experience, 15 years of it. Their house is full of “full of gilt-rimmed Haviland vases,” they’ve “restored porcelain to the White House,” and are published authors on the subject.
KOREA: For young Peruvians, K-pop links to economic growth, Korea Times – A story about Peruvian students at the School of Ceramics in Ccorao, near Cusco. They are learning to make Korean style Ceramics, thanks to government funding from South Korea. While this is quite obviously a promo piece for Korea, it is interesting to read about how this Asian country considers itself, regarding its impact in Peru.
ENGLAND: Wei Wang Wins Zabludowicz Future Map Prize, Art Lyst – A ceramic purse? Who would have thunk? A student graduating from University of the Arts in London, has won the third Zabludowicz Collection prize. At first glance, the hand bag in the photo looked like a raku piece, with its characteristic white, with black crackle effect. I don’t know if it is or isn’t, though, and raku seems like it’d be much too fragile. “Wei Wang graduated from the MA in Fashion Artefact, at London College of Fashion in 2011. This course explores the studio practice of leather, metal, plastic and wood to create fashion artefacts that push boundaries.”
UNITED STATES: Selected works from the collection of Peter Voulkos’ daughter on view at Frank Lloyd Gallery, Art Daily – A terrific story for anyone who is a fan of Voulkos’ work. The show covers his work from 1954-1959, during a time when he taught at the Los Angeles County Art Institute, later renamed the Otis Art Institute. ““For anybody who doesn’t know who [Voulkos] was, he’s the hero of American ceramics. He’s the guy who essentially liberated the medium from the craft hierarchy that was controlling it up to that time.”
JAPAN: From picnic cups to vessels of the future, Japan Times – An interesting historical piece covering post-war Japanese ceramics and how its style differed from pre-war standards. “…the new collectives stressed the individual stylistic freedom of their members.” The reader also learns of Japanese ceramic associations…Ikeyan, for instance, which is a group of ceramists from all parts of Japan. The group “aims to carry out ceramic research, consider the good and bad aspects of the often rarefied ceramic world and drag the art form’s classical image into the present.” The show, “Ikeyan,” appears at Tomio Koyama Gallery, Kyoto, and runs till Jan. 28th. Admission is free and the gallery is open from 1 1 a.m.-7 p.m., closed Sun. and Mon.
UNITED STATES: A Local Life: Malcolm Davis, 74, pastor-turned-potter ministered through clay, Washington Post – Malcolm Davis, a minister in the United Church of Christ moved to D.C., and became chaplain at George Washington University during the heyday of the anti-war movement. He was a leader in the peace movement, but in 1974, a neighbor invited him to a ceramics class. “In a matter of weeks, I was transformed. It was as if there was that potter in me all my life just waiting to get out and just never had the opportunity.” He resigned, set up a studio and devoted his life to clay.