“A Symphony of Form and Color: Ceramic Arts of Mesoamerica” by Miriam Doutriaux
Mesoamerican ceramics paint a lively picture of life before the Spanish conquest. They also reveal tremendous skill and artistic flair. The sculpted masterpieces of the Olmec culture suggest interest in the natural world, while ancient Maya vessels are decorated with brightly colored scenes of society. This lecture presents ceramic traditions that flourished in Mexico and Central America over the past 3,000 years.
“Coiled, Molded, Sculpted: Ceramic Arts of the Andes” by Miriam Doutriaux
Ancient American potters used various techniques to create ceramic wares that were both beautiful and functional. On the desert coast of South America, the Moche culture fashioned pots in the shape of animals, fruits, and personal portraits. In the Andes Mountains, the Inka culture developed vessels with standardized forms and designs. This lecture outlines and contextualizes several millennia of ceramic production in pre-Hispanic South America.
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Joan M.E. Gaither, Ph.D., will exhibit 22 documentary story quilts that represent different aspects and life experiences including familiar memories, stories of others and social justice concerns. Her show is called “I AM: Identity—A Shared History” and is part of the College’s colloquium series, “Narrative at the Edge of the World.”
Her artist talk will take place at 5 p.m. in the Whitaker Campus Center Commons.
"Made in China: Ceramics of Quality Through the Ages” by Shoji Satake, head of ceramics and director of the China ceramics program at WVU
"Made in China" in the contemporary context carries underpinnings of inferior quality. However, through the ages, demands of Chinese ceramics were considered by many in the West to be the highest of quality. There is a saying in China that "ceramics were China's gift to the world." This lecture will highlight the earliest to the most recent contributions of Chinese ceramics and the role those contributions have played in the history of world ceramics. Emphasis will be on the historical and contemporary development of pottery for individual cultures, as well as how China's culture has influenced this development.
"From Oldest to Newest: A Primer on Japanese Ceramics" by Shoji Satake, head of ceramics and director of the China ceramics program at WVU
Most scholars consider that the oldest forms of pottery come from the Jomon Culture of Japan. From Jomon ceramics to the most recent contemporary works, this lecture will highlight the unique development of Japanese ceramics and the influence it has had in the world. From the Feudal structure that created regional ceramic identities, the influence of Zen Buddhism, the rise of the Japanese Tea Ceremony, and to the world demands of Japanese ceramics in the 1950s, evidence will be presented to gain a better understanding of the wabi sabi culture. This talk will not necessarily hold to a strict chronological order, but rather consider form, function, technology, material culture, morphology, cosmology, and aesthetics as building blocks for a sense of place in the grand sweep of ceramic history.
“Bridge of the Orient, Korean Ceramics” by Shoji Satake, head of ceramics and director of the China ceramics program at WVU
The complex, rich history of Korean ceramics is based in the country's unique geographic location in the Orient. Some of the earliest evidence of pottery on the Korean Peninsula dates back as afar as 8000 BCE, but the unique advancements in ceramics are from the influences of its neighbors. The Kingdoms of the Korean Peninsula were adept at borrowing and reinventing certain technologies in all various parts of their lives including the advancement of ceramic technology. Some of these "Koreanized" ceramics were and are still highly valued because of their beauty. This lecture will highlight the unique crossroads that Korean ceramics have played in the advancement in culture, traditions, and the country's complex history.
This exhibit will feature 18 historic works of ceramic art, from ancient pieces to contemporary. These pieces are on loan from regional collectors, many of whom are affiliated with the James Renwick Alliance.