“You broke the Buddha, now what?” with Lydia Thompson

Metaphorically speaking the buddha is viewed as a spiritual and historical vessel. Once the piece breaks the inquiry begins… should the piece be repaired, should we throw it away or has it earned its place for further examination? The shard serves as a clue to the past and a moment to explore the culture. Thompson’s presentation will discuss how her ideas, techniques and ethnic influences are woven into her creative process. Her experiences continue to widen her lens about how she defines landscape, overcomes obstacles and maximizes her artistic practice. She has an endless love for ceramics which offers so many techniques for experimentation that capture the human interaction with the world.

Lydia Thompson is currently the Chair of the Department of Art and Art History at UNC Charlotte and is a recent board member for Clayworks in Charlotte, NC. Thompson, a native of Columbus, Ohio, received her Bachelor of Fine Art degree from The Ohio State University and her master of fine art degree from the New York College of Ceramics at Alfred University.

January 22, 2020
6:00 PM Wine Reception
6:30 PM Lecture
Mint Museum Randolph
FREE

 


The Ceramics Series by Delhom Service League, the Ceramics Affiliate of The Mint Museum.
presents “You broke the Buddha, now what?” with Lydia Thompson. This program is offered in collaboration with The Guild of Charlotte Artists.

View the Ceramics Series brochure to see a calendar of programs and the story of Delhom Service League.

Delhom Service League loves all things ceramic – from ancient to contemporary. For membership information contact Pat Viser, pviser@carolina.rr.com.


This event is located at Mint Museum Randolph


Light Falling on Grass – presented by Wayne Higby of Alfred University

Cloud Construction: Blue Air, 2013
Courtesy of the Artist, Wayne Higby.

Light Falling on Grass presented by Wayne Higby of Alfred University.
The Ceramics Series, with Delhom Service League, Ceramics Affiliate.

Wayne Higby will present an autobiographical reflection with images that mark career highlights representing a half century of work as a ceramic artist. The talk will include personal philosophy and concepts as well as a report on the new Alfred Ceramic Art Museum.

Mr. Higby is a Ceramic Artist, Professor of Ceramic Art, The Wayne Higby Director and Chief Curator, Alfred Ceramic Art Museum, Alfred University.

November 13, 2019
6:00 PM social | 6:30 PM talk
Mint Museum Randolph
FREE

 


This event is located at Mint Museum Randolph


 

Charlotte Garden Club: Annual Member Picnic

To celebrate the success of the 2019 Art in the Garden Tours, we invite you to our annual member picnic.

To RSVP please visit the Charlotte Garden Clubs website here.


The Charlotte Garden Club was established in 1924 and is the oldest garden club in North Carolina. In 1954, it became the first affiliate of The Mint Museum. The Garden Club’s mission is to encourage the love and knowledge of all aspects of gardening, horticulture, and the artistic use of growing things through educational programs, garden tours, and related community projects. Programs bring nationally recognized experts and regional authorities in horticulture and landscape design to the Mint. Community projects include maintenance of gardens and plantings at the Mint; landscaping of Habitat for Humanity homes; and support for the Billingsville Elementary School garden. The Charlotte Garden Club’s major fundraiser is the Art in the Garden tour. Held in April, the two-day event features a tour of Charlotte gardens with plein-air artists painting in each one.


This event is located at   Mint Museum Randolph


CANCELED – The Ceramics Series – “The History of Salt Firing” with Kira Campbell

NOTE: This event has been canceled

Delhom Service League welcomes Kira Campbell, ceramic artist and instructor, who will give a brief history of salt firing. Salt firing is a process where unglazed ware is fired to high temperatures and salt is introduced into the kiln chamber to achieve a characteristic ‘orange peel’ glazed surface.

Kira has an undergraduate degree in theater and her MFA in ceramics from the University of Michigan, where she studied under Georgette Zirbes and Sadashi Inuzuka. She has been working in clay for over twenty years, and has experience ranging from production pottery to university instruction to large-scale installation art. Kira has participated in residencies in Denmark, Hungary and Ireland and has work in several international museums. While her exhibited work is all sculptural, she enjoys exploring the vessel in all its forms whenever possible. She is currently an instructor at Clayworks in Charlotte.

(there will not be a reception before this program, so it will begin promptly at 10:00 AM)


This event is located at   Mint Museum Randolph


Charlotte Garden Club: John P. Ertz

John P. Ertz will be discussing Perspectives on Our National Parks/Challenges for the Giant Sequoia. More info at charlottegardenclub.com.


Originally from Long Island, NY John is a graduate of the Forestry Program of Oregon State University and has spent over 40 years in the forestry industry working as a forest ranger, firefighter, national parks ranger, certified arborist, and with American Electric Power. He is most comfortable “in the woods” and will bring up-to-date information from a recent month long trip to some of our national treasures.


This event is located at   Mint Museum Randolph


The Ceramics Series – “New Discoveries in the History of American Porcelain”, with Alice Cooney Frelinghuysen

Delhom Service League presents this lecture with Alice Cooney Frelinghuysen, The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Anthony W. and Lulu C. Wang Curator of American Decorative Arts.

Porcelain has captured the imagination of many, and it has challenged American entrepreneurial potters from colonial times. This lecture will focus on three pivotal moments in the history of porcelain-making in America. It will begin with the 18th century, and America’s very first attempts at making porcelain, highlighted by an exciting new acquisition by the Metropolitan Museum. The second moment dates to the mid 19th century when the American porcelain dinnerware industry was launched. The lecture will close with the very early years of the 20th century, highlighting in particular the work of Adelaide Alsop Robineau, arguably America’s finest ceramist of that century.

Ms. Frelinghuysen has curated, published, and lectured widely on the subject of American ceramics, glass, stained glass, and late nineteenth-century furniture, as well as all aspects of the work of Louis Comfort Tiffany. She recently spearheaded and co-authored American Art Pottery: The Robert A. Ellison Jr. Collection (with Martin Eidelberg and Adrienne Spinozzi, 2018), which celebrates the extraordinary gift by Robert Ellison of American Art Pottery to The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Preceding the lecture at 6 PM, refreshments will be served beginning at 5:30 PM.


This event is located at   Mint Museum Randolph


The Ceramics Series – “Porcelain and Place: The Sutnar Tea and Dinnerware sets”

Emily Pazar, the assistant editor of Art Reference at Oxford University Press New York and former Curatorial Assistant of Craft, Design, and Fashion at The Mint Museum, will conduct a discussion about a tea set and dinnerware set in the Mint’s collection. These pieces were designed by Ladislav Sutnar (1897-1976) for Krasna Jizba, a company aiming to make progressive design available to a wide consumer base. The porcelain sets were produced by Epiag in Loket, Western Bohemia (now in the Czech Republic) between 1928 and 1932. Pazar will examine the ways that Sutnar’s distinct brand of functionalism was both influenced by and a reaction to the Art Deco movement context of European ceramics in the first half of the twentieth century.

*Registration is required for this program as attendance is limited to 15 participants.

Delhom Service League members receive priority registration now through February 12. Beginning February 13 any open spaces may be filled with non-DSL members. Registration is free. Register by calling or emailing Susan Kooiman 704-293-3921, delhomserviceleague@gmail.com.


This event is located at   Mint Museum Randolph