Lecture: The Teabowl

September 28, 2021 at 4:30 p.m.

Holmes Auditorium, Harder Hall

What is a teabowl? How did it become an iconic ceramic art form? Come hear about the Alfred Ceramic Art Museum's current exhibition Path of the Teabowl, from its thousand-year-old bowls that Buddhist monks drank from in China, to contemporary vessels that break new ground in form and concept.

Lecture by Meghen Jones, Guest Curator of Path of the Teabowl and Associate Professor of Art History at Alfred University. She received her PhD in the History of Art and Architecture from Boston University, after completing a master's degree in Ceramic Craft Design at Musashino Art University in Tokyo. Her research centers on modern Japanese art, design, and the global flows of ceramics. For the preparation of this exhibition and catalogue, she received a seven-month research grant from the Japan Foundation, sponsored by the International Research Center for Japanese Studies in Kyoto. Her recent publications include Ceramics and Modernity in Japan, co-edited with Louise Allison Cort; "National Treasure Tea Bowls as Cultural Icons in Modern Japan," in The Construction and Dynamics of Cultural Icons, edited by Erica van Boven and Marieke Winkler; and "Hamada Shoji, Kitaoji Rosanjin and the Reception of Japanese Pottery in the Early Cold War United States," in Design and Culture.

Free and open to the public.