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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.


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ENGLAND: Curator’s Choice: Michael Regan picks three tiny teapots made by a Master of Shandong ceramics, Culture24 – Three small teapots made by Huang Haigen, Master of Shandong Ceramics, are part of “ From the Realm of the Dragon: The Ceramic Heritage of Zibo, China,” an exhibition showing at The Lightbox in Woking until December 11th, 2011. “As with many Chinese teapots, the maker has intentionally left them unglazed – the clay remains porous which allows tea oils to build up inside the teapots, seasoning the pots. A well-seasoned pot is believed to improve the taste of the tea that is brewed in it.”

UNITED STATES: L.A. at Home, Los Angeles Times – An overview of a number of shows in California…

  • On Nov. 12th, The American Museum of Ceramic Art reopens at its location: 399 N. Garey Ave., Pomona. The exhibition, “Common Ground: Ceramics in Southern California 1945-1975” focuses on midcentury Southern California ceramics. 50+ artists are featured, including Elaine Katzer, Anthony Ivins, Otto and Vivika Heino and Betty Davenport. $3. Ends March 31st of Like social was this this is a is. (909) 865-3146.
  • “Beatrice Wood: Career Woman — Drawings, Paintings, Vessels, and Objects,” closes March 3rd. This show, focusing upon a noted ceramist is on exhibit at the Santa Monica Museum of Art, 2525 Michigan Ave., G-1. $3 to $5.  (310) 586-6488.
  • The regional arts campaign called “Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980,” in conjunction with Craft in America presents “The Eighties,” an exhibition which focuses on California crafts. Artists include Steven Portigal, Tres Feltman and David Wulfeck of the UCLA Ceramics MFA program; Kerry Feldman, who studied with Richard Marquis at UCLA; and Keiko Fukazawa, who was under the tutelage of Ralph Baccera at Otis College of Art. The exhibition will be shown in the Craft in America Study Center through Dec. 31st,  8415 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles. (323) 951-0610.
  • Craft in America and the Craft and Folk Art Museum present “Golden State of Craft: California 1960-1985,” an exhibition which includes more than 70 pieces by 65 artists. Ends June 3rd. 5814 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. $5 to $7. (323) 937-4230.
  • “The House That Sam Built: Sam Maloof and Art in the Pomona Valley, 1945-1985” is an exhibition of about 30 pieces by the noted woodworker and about 80 works by friends and colleagues, including sculptors Albert Stewart, Betty Davenport Ford and John Svenson, and ceramists Harrison McIntosh and Otto and Gertrud Natzler. The exhibition ends Jan. 30th. $6 to $20. MaryLou and George Boone Gallery, Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. (626) 405-2100.
  • “California Design, 1930-1965: Living in a Modern Way” features 300+ objects, including ceramics. Ends March 25th. Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. $10 to $15; free admission to L.A. County residents after 5 on some evenings. (323) 857-6010.

ENGLAND: The Far East comes to East AngliaDunmow Broadcast Recorder
Chinese and Japanese ceramics will be auctioned at the Stansted Mountfichet venue on Tues., Nov. 15th and the sale will also be transmitted live on the web. Many bidders from China are expected to take part. The auction includes a significant private collection of Far Eastern ceramics, the most significant in a generation. “The items belonged to 96-year-old Ceylonese collector PH Wikramaratna, who died last year. Whilst some pieces in his collection have already been given to the British Museum and the V&A, over 200 objects will go under the hammer, with guide prices ranging from £30 to £10,000.” Mr Battie said: “I have never seen anything like this collection come up for sale before. It’s prestigious because of its sheer size and variety – the earlier pieces date back as far as 1000 BC.” The sale starts at 10am.

SOUTH KOREA: Korean ceramics go to WashingtonThe Korea Herald, Ancient ceramics from South Korea are being exhibited at a national museum. Dating from the 11-16 century CE, 44 stoneware vessels will be displayed in the Smithsonian’s Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. The group focuses on “sanggam,” a type of inlay using black-and-white pigments. The installation will be shown in the newly renovated Gallery 14 at Freer, which opened in 1923.”The National Museum of Korea has provided financial and curatorial support for the exhibit.”

ENGLAND: Matthew Barton Ltd’s largest sale so far includes section devoted to ceramics, artdaily – A Matthew Barton Ltd’s auction includes a section of Oriental and European Ceramics. “Notable pieces include 10 lots from the Grant Dixon collection of 18th century Worcester porcelain as well as a group of Italian Maiolica from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. Among the Oriental pieces is a Chinese Blue and White dish, painted with a bird perched on a rock, dating from the Kangxi period (Est: £2,000-3,000).” This is the first time Matthew Barton Ltd has auctioned ceramics and this sale is the largest it has had. The auction will take place on Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011 in West Kensington at 25 Blythe Road, W14.

WALES:  Elizabeth Fritsch returns to Cardiff: Two new additions to Wales’ contemporary ceramic collection, artdaily – The National Museum Cardiff is exhibiting a display of ceramics which includes pieces by the Welsh born artist, Elizabeth Fritsch.
The National Museum Wales acquired two of her pieces: Bowl with Fractured Rim, 1974 and Counterpoint Vase in Twelve Tones, 1975. They are important examples of Fritsch’s early work, now rarelyavailable. The pieces are “almost architectural, hand-built forms” with a “meticulously painted and worked fresco-like surface.” She was a member of a musical family who lived the Shropshire-Wales border. “Taught to play the piano and harp, she developed her talent to a high level and a passion for music has always been apparent in the complex rhythm figures painted on her pots. Based on curving grids which follow the form of each individual piece with mathematical precision, these rhythm figures – as the artist says – ‘correspond to tempo and rhythm in music” and are used to draw out and emphasise the dynamic structure of a given form.'”

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At celadon fest, rhapsody in blue, Korea JoongAng Daily – What could be more wonderful than a celadon festival, I ask you? “The Gangjin Celadon Festival runs until Aug. 7 in Gangjin, South Jeolla.” The full characteristics of Goryeo celadon are still a mystery, as research has shown only 98% of the ingredients. An enormous statue of a potter throwing a vase adorns the festival site and there is an accompanying photo of it with the article.

Sandra McKenzie Schmitt has an eye for the business of arts, Journal Star – A career potter gives advice to young artists who want to make a go of it. Part of her success is attendance at “the Buyer’s Market of American Craft, a wholesale show for gallery owners looking for handcrafted items to sell in their shops.” She markets her work “in more than 150 galleries throughout the U.S.”

Shopping for a Picasso the Rest of Us Can Afford, Time – The story points out that while Picasso’s paintings might be out of our reach, his ceramics works can be had for around 1000 Euros. “Picasso took an unfailing interest in ceramics until he died in 1973. He created thousands of different pieces.

McDonald Discovers Her Chi Through Pottery, Marietta Patch – “Cerie McDonald becomes a pottery artist in her ‘second life’ after successfully navigating the corporate minefields into an early retirement.” Her chemistry degree has helped her understand the firing process better than most. She works in porcelain…gallery with twelve photos.

Culinary connoisseurs crave kimchi crocks, Yongap News – Crockery that was traditionally used to ferment kimchi, Korean pickled cabbage, is being replaced by electric versions among Koreans. This has created a market for ceramic onggis. “Americans are developing an awareness of the health benefits of traditionally fermented foods and their interest in onggi is apparently growing alongside this trend.”

EXECUTIVE SESSION: Wizards at work in Bristol, MPN Now – It’s a family affair! Father and son create pottery and mom and wife works in the store. I like Q and A interviews because it gives a better look at someone and the Kozlowskis “Bristoleaf” is a good topic. “Our biggest challenge is the economy. Many craftsmen and artists are going out of business because the field is so competitive. Last week, we went to an art show outside of the state, and there were only a few vendors, much less than there used to be in the 1980s.”

Cosmeston pottery find shows a thriving medieval craft, BBC – “A 13th Century pottery vessel found in the Vale of Glamorgan could indicate a thriving local craft in medieval times.” A 20-person team from Cardiff University has identified Vale Ware, pottery found in south Wales. A number of different types of vessels have been found.

AU’s Schein-Joseph Museum presents an anniversary exhibition — ‘Twenty,’ Alfred U – A splendid range of ceramics is being shown at Alfred University till the end of September to celebrate the museum’s 20th anniversary. Works by Eva Zeisel, Satoru Hoshino, and Charles Binns are part of the works on display.

Nice little urner: ‘Biggest-ever’ haul of Ming Dynasty pottery found in shipwreck… and it’s worth £43million, Daily Mail – “The artefacts, which date from around 1580, have been found on the ocean floor 93 miles off the Indonesian coast and 600ft below the waves.” An incredible photo accompanies the news brief. About 700,000 items from the merchant ship are still intact.

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