Schein-Joseph International Museum of Ceramic Art
at Alfred houses nearly 8,000 ceramic
and glass objects, ranging from small pottery shards recovered from
ancient civilizations to contemporary sculpture and installation
pieces to advanced ceramics reflecting the cutting edge of ceramic
technology. The Museum is a teaching and research facility, one
educational component of the New York State College of Ceramics
at Alfred University.
In 1900, Charles Fergus Binns was appointed as
the founding director of the New York State School of Clay-Working
and Ceramics, now known as the College of Ceramics. Thus, the study
of ceramic art and science was established as the educational focus
at Alfred and has remained so for more than a century.
In the early 1900's as Binns taught pottery making,
glaze and clay recipes, and ceramic history, a small "museum " was
established where groupings of student and faculty work could be
displayed for study, enjoyment and discussion. Collections were
amassed almost independent of scholarly direction. Nearly ninety
years later, in 1991, a Museum was formally established at Alfred.
The Museum celebrates American ceramics, but within the broader
context of worldwide ceramic creativity and history, a history representing
thousands of years.
outstanding collection of graduate thesis ceramics created by Alfred-educated
ceramists is unique to Alfred and historically has formed the core
of the collection. The permanent collection has grown to include
works by internationally recognized ceramic artists such as Rosanjin,
Bernard Leach, Shoji Hamada, and Lucie Rie as well as Chinese funerary
jars and tomb sculpture from the Neolithic Period, Roman and Byzantine
lamps, Nigerian market pottery, European dinnerware, and products
of American whiteware companies. Also represented are advanced ceramics,
including a femoral hip joint replacement and a ceramic (zirconia)
Internationally recognized American artists represented
in the Museum's permanent collection include Charles F. Binns, Anne
Currier, Val Cushing, Ruth Duckworth, Ken Ferguson, Andrea and John
Gill, Vivika and Otto Heino, Wayne Higby, Karen Karnes, Howard Kottler,
Harrison MacIntosh, Theodore Randall, Daniel Rhodes, Mary Roettger,
David Shaner, Ellen Shankin, Robert Turner, Peter Voulkos, Beatrice
Wood, Betty Woodman, and Eva Zeisel, to name just a few.
is the Museum called the Schein-Joseph International Museum
of Ceramic Art?
In October 1999, the Alfred University Board of Trustees voted
to re-name the International Museum of Ceramic Art the Schein-Joseph
International Museum of Ceramic Art in honor of Alfred University
Trustee Pamela Joseph and her late husband Jay Schein, who was
a member of the Alfred University class of 1962 and a former
member of the AU Board of Trustees. In 1994, Pamela Joseph donated
$2 million to establish an endowment fund to provide operational
support for the museum.
The Museum is currently located in a temporary1500
sf gallery in Binns-Merrill Hall on the Alfred University campus.
Click here for information on visiting the
Museum. Museum membership information
is available online, or by contacting The Schein-Joseph International
Museum of Ceramic Art, Membership Office, New York State College
of Ceramics at Alfred University, Alfred, New York 14802. Benefits
to members include a subscription to the Museum newsletter, "Ceramophile,"
and invitations to celebrate special exhibitions and educational
programs, and invitations to participate in Museum-sponsored trips.
For more information phone 607-871-2421 or write Email Us.