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2nd Bunting Biennial Ceramics Symposium

Clay @ Play: Irony, Humor, & Whimsy in the Ceramic Arts

February 27 and 28, 2015

Keynote Speakers:

Kathy Butterly, ceramic artist, Continuous Change
Dr. Glen R. Brown, Professor of Ceramics and Art History, Kansas State University, Ceramics Comedy: Lowbrow Hijinks, Cool Kids, and Class Clowns

Friday, February 27:

6PM Welcome

6:15PM Gail C. Andrews, The R. Hugh Daniel Director, Birmingham Museum of Art
Between Fantasy and Reality / Frank Fleming

7-9PM Reception celebrating Frank Fleming and the BMA’s new installation of Frank’s work in conjunction with the 30th annual Alabama Clay Conference. Free and open to the public!

Saturday, February 28:

9AM Opening Remarks

9:15AM Kathy Butterly, ceramic artist – Keynote speaker
Continuous Change

10AM Coffee break and free time to visit the galleries

10:30AM Glen R. Brown, professor of art history and associate head of the Art Department at Kansas State University, ceramics historian and critic
Ceramics Comedy: Lowbrow Hijinks, Cool Kids, and Class Clowns

11:05AM Robert Hunter, independent scholar, editor of Ceramics in America
Playing with the Past: The Ceramic Works of Michelle Erickson

11:40AM Ellen Denker, museum consultant and independent scholar
Sermons in Stone: the Kirkpatrick Brothers’ Anna Pottery

12:15PM Lunch and free time to visit the galleries

1:30PM Graham C. Boettcher, Ph.D., Chief Curator, The William Cary Hulsey Curator of American Art, Birmingham Museum of Art
Humor in American Ceramics

2:05PM Don Wood, Ph.D., Senior Curator, The Virginia and William M. Spencer III Curator of Asian Art, Birmingham Museum of Art
Long Life and Happiness: Symbolism in Chinese Ceramics at the BMA

2:40PM Joey Brackner, Director, Folklife Projects, Alabama State Council on the Arts
The Mysterious John Lehman, Master Potter

3:15PM Closing remarks and thanks

Free time to visit the galleries

For immediate questions, please contact Dr. Anne Forschler at aforschler@artsbma.org or Dr. Emily Hanna at ehanna@artsbma.org.

The 2nd Bunting Biennial Ceramics Symposium is held in conjunction with the 30th Alabama Clay Conference. For more information visit www.alclayconference.org.

 


 

Clay Embodied: Ceramics and the Human Form – 2013 Symposium

Mangbethu, 1993, Magdalene Odundo (England, born Kenya, 1950). Reduced red clay. Museum purchase with funds provided by Mrs. Harold E. Simon, by exchange. 1993.43.

Mangbethu, 1993, Magdalene Odundo (England, born Kenya, 1950). Reduced red clay. Museum purchase with funds provided by Mrs. Harold E. Simon, by exchange. 1993.43.

The 1st Bunting Biennial Ceramics Symposium was a great success! We are delighted to announce the success of the 1st Bunting Biennial Ceramics Symposium with the theme, Clay Embodied: Ceramics and the Human Form held at the Museum on February 22-23, 2013.  The symposium began on Friday with a fantastic lecture given by ceramic artist Magdalene Odundo to a packed auditorium.  It continued on Saturday with an exciting and well-rounded line up of national and international speakers that included critic and collector Garth Clark; Bonnie Kemske, ceramicist and editor of Ceramic Review; and our own curators Dr. Jeannine O’Grody and Dr. Emily Hanna.  In conjunction with the Alabama Clay Conference and through the generosity of Dr. and Mrs. Peter D. Bunting, the Museum celebrated its extensive collection of world ceramics with a weekend ceramics extravaganza!

Thanks to all who participated in this great event!