The Ceramic Art Museum at Alfred University, New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University
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Upcoming Exhibition

Kilns of Alfred: Transactions with Fire

February 21, 2019 – July 28, 2019

Randall's Kiln

Opening Reception: Thursday, February 21, 5-8pm

Through the lens of renowned photographer Brian Oglesbee, large scale photographs document the personal kilns used by Alfred ceramic art luminaries and serve by analogy as individual portraits of the artists. Included are panoramic views of the Alfred University kiln rooms that are associated with the work of graduates of the ceramic art program.


Current Exhibition

Reclaiming Splendor: Ceramic Design by Chunmao Huang

Featuring the First Lady of China's Banquet Ware

September 20 - December 30, 2018

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The Alfred Ceramic Art Museum announces a major new exhibition of porcelain tableware from China, which has never before been seen in the United States. In 2016, China’s premier ceramic designer Chunmao Huang created banquet ware for Peng Liyuan, the First Lady of China. At her request he designed her banquet ware for the G20 summit, which was held at a historically distinguished restaurant on the shore of Hangzhou, China’s famous West Lake. Turning her favorite color turquoise into a glaze, Chunmao Huang used this color to inspire his invention of a spectacular ensemble of porcelain recalling the past glories of Chinese ceramic history. As a result, he has introduced to the world a provocative and beautiful new assessment of the art of ceramic design.

Chunmao Huang writes: “For the First Lady’s banquet ware, I strove to develop the model in a soft, delicate, rich, and variable way. For the weight, hardness, motion, and priority of design, I work like a pianist composes music, making sure there is tone, melody, climax, and subtlety.”

Also on exhibition as part of Reclaiming Splendor, designed by Chunmao Huang: banquet ware for Xi Jinping, the President of China, for the BRICS summit 2017, the First Lady of China’s banquet ware for the BRICS summit and the now often recognized porcelain tableware - thanks to a photo of President Obama enjoying the banquet – that Chunmao Huang designed for the Asia Pacific Economic Conference, APEC 2014, held in Beijing.

Chunmao Huang is a 2003, MFA, graduate of the School of Art and Design, Division of Ceramic Art, New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. In addition to being China’s leading ceramic designer, he currently is the chair of the ALFRED-CAFA Ceramic Design for Industry Program, a collaborative educational initiative between Alfred University and the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China.

Past Exhibitions

  • 2009 MFA Thesis Exhibitions

    • Mat Karas
      MFA Thesis Exhibition, Ceramics
      Saturday – Tuesday, April 25 – 28, 2009

    • Kala Stein
      Convivium: Palladian Room
      MFA Thesis Exhibition, Ceramics
      Saturday - Tuesday, May 2 – 5, 2009

    • Seth Payne
      MFA Thesis Exhibition, Ceramics
      Friday – Monday, May 8 – 11, 2009

  • From The Permanent Collection
    January 23 – April 17, 2009

  • The Interpreted Figure
    October 17 - December 7, 2007

  • KleinReid
    Porcelain by James Klein and David Reid
    June 6 – September 28, 2007

  • 2007 MFA Thesis Exhibitions

    • Melody Owen
      MFA Thesis Exhibition, Electronic Integrated Arts
      April 21-24, 2007

    • Eric Mirabito
      MFA Thesis Exhibition, Ceramics
      April 28 - May 1, 2007

    • Sarah Britten-Jones
      MFA Thesis Exhibition, Ceramics
      May 4-7, 2007

  • Norm Schulman
    A Life in Clay
    January 24 - March 30, 2007

  • Satoru Hoshino
    Beginning Form - Spiral
    October 18 - December 8, 2006

  • Receptive Volumes
    June 1 - September 29, 2006

  • 2006 MFA Thesis Exhibitions

    • David R. Hicks
      MFA Thesis Exhibition, Ceramics
      May 5 - 8, 2006

    • Tammy Renée Brackett
      MFA Thesis Exhibition, Electronic Integrated Arts
      April 29 - May 2, 2006

    • Dawn
      MFA Thesis Exhibition, Sculpture
      April 22 - 25, 2006

    • Lee Somers
      MFA Thesis Exhibition, Ceramics
      April 15 - 18, 2006

  • Viktor Schreckengost
    National Centennial Exhibition
    March 18 - June 26, 2006

  • Robert Winokur
    January 25 - March 31, 2006

  • Eva Kwong
    Love Between the Atoms
    October 12 - December 16, 2005

  • Conjunction: selections from the Corsaw, Fox and Krevolin Collections
    Curated by Susan Kowalczyk
    June 1 - September 30, 2005

  • 2005 MFA Thesis Exhibitions

    • Alexandra Lakin
      MFA Thesis Exhibition, Electronic Integrated Arts
      April 9-12, 2005

    • Del Harrow
      MFA Thesis Exhibition, Ceramics
      April 16-19, 2005

    • Hisao Ihara
      MFA Thesis Exhibition, Electronic Integrated Arts
      April 23-26, 2005

    • Fei Jun
      MFA Thesis Exhibitions, Electronic Integrated Arts
      April 30 - May 3, 2005

    • Jesse Small
      MFA Thesis Exhibitions, Ceramics
      May 6-14, 2005

  • William Parry (don't forget to) Wonder: ceramic sculpture from the Museum collection
    December 1, 2004 - April 1, 2005

  • Pondered Resource: on loan from the personal collections of Currier, Andrea and John Gill, Wayne Higby, Walter McConnell, and Linda Sikora
    Guest Curated by John Gill
    May 26 - November 12, 2004

  • 2004 MFA Thesis Exhibitions

    • Seong-Whan Park
      MFA Thesis Exhibition, Electronic Integrated Arts
      May 7-15, 2004

    • Chadwick Augustine
      MFA Thesis Exhibition, Ceramic Art
      April 24 - May 2, 2004

    • Evangelos Courpas
      MFA Thesis ExhibitionElectronic Integrated Arts
      April 17-19, 2004

    • Michael D. Hart
      MFA Thesis Exhibition, Glass
      April 9-13, 2004

  • Installation 188
    Common Ground World Project by artist Neil Tetkowski
    January 28 - April 2, 2004

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