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Current Exhibition

 

Path of the Teabowl

September 23 – December 29, 2021

Meghen Jones, Guest Curator and Associate Professor of Art History, Alfred University

What is a teabowl? How did it become an iconic ceramic art form? A millennium ago in China, Buddhist monks drank green tea from bowls with brown and black glazes. Later, in Korea and Japan, potters crafted teabowls of increasingly diverse designs, often intentionally asymmetrical. Treasured teabowls, if broken, were repaired with lacquer and gold. Ritual etiquette dictated the ways in which teabowls have been used to prepare and serve tea in East Asia. Today, around the world, people invent personal tea ceremonies. Contemporary artists create teabowls with a range of motivations, from channeling the classics to breaking new ground in forms and processes. Tracing the teabowl's path in Asia and beyond, this exhibition features over one hundred teabowls and related objects from the tenth through the twenty-first century.

Path of the Teabowl includes works from the permanent collection of the Alfred Ceramic Art Museum as well as important loans from the collections of Carol and Jeffrey Horvitz, Marlin and Ginger Miller, Linda Sikora, the Art Complex Museum, Duxbury, Massachusetts, the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University, and the University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Funding for the Alfred Ceramic Art Museum's Path of the Teabowl project, which includes the exhibition, a forthcoming catalogue, and an online international conference, has been provided by the Museum's Schein-Joseph Exhibition Fund and the Robert C. Turner Endowment Fund, with additional support from the Levine Endowment, created by Steve, AU' 61, and Michiko Levine to encourage and support the interaction of Alfred University and Asian cultures; the New York State College of Ceramics, Alfred University School of Art Design; and a grant from the Northeast Asia Council of the Association for Asian Studies, in conjunction with the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission.

Guest curated by Meghen Jones, Associate Professor of Art History, Alfred University


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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