The Ceramic Series tour of Classic Black: The Basalt Sculpture of Wedgwood and His Contemporaries

black basalt stoneware of bearded man
Wedgwood. Staffordshire, England, 1759–present
Socrates circa 1775–1780
Stoneware (black basalt)
The Mint Museum. Gift of the Starr and Wolfe Families in memory of Lydia and Bernard Starr. 2018.68.2

Brian Gallagher will lead Delhom Service League members on a tour of the Mint’s new exhibition Classic Black: The Basalt Sculpture of Wedgwood and His Contemporaries.  Read More

“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.


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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

 


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Fall Day Trip to Penland School of Craft -Delhom Service League

All Mint members are invited!Please join the Delhom Service League on a fall day trip to Penland School of Craft, a national center for craft education located in North Carolina’s beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. You may bring a guest, too. Transportation will be by bus.We’ll have a private tour of the galleries and student workshops, and will visit resident artists’ studios. Lunch will be in the Penland dining hall. Also planned are a visit to The Barns on the school grounds and a visit with Cynthia and Edwina Bringle at their campus gallery.

Register by October 4. Space is limited.

Click here for trip details and registration forms.

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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)


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The Ceramics Series – Delhom Service League: “Making a Big Intricate Ceramic Platter”, Film and Talk with Herb Cohen

Herb Cohen will share his expertise and vast experience as a master ceramic artist as you view a film he made while creating a large platter.

Herb earned a BFA and MFA from Alfred University. Between his degrees he served in the US Army during the Korean war.

In 1956 he came to North Carolina where he was employed as an industrial ceramic designer for Hyalyn Porcelain Co. in Hickory and then came to work for the Mint Museum as exhibition director from 1958 to 1972. During those years he twice served as interim director.

He and his husband, José Fumero a fabric designer and painter, set up their studios in Blowing Rock where they created their work for 38 years. Herb’s work as a potter included functional stoneware, decorative unique pots, and sculpture.

He currently resides in Charlotte, North Carolina.

In 2012 the Mint Museum featured a solo exhibition, “Sophisticated Surfaces: The Pottery of Herb Cohen”. Learn more about Herb and his work in the brochure for this exhibition http://bit.ly/Herb_Cohen_Sophisticated_Surfaces


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A crowd at the Potters Market Invitational. There are large tents set up on Mint Museum Randolph's lawn to host the event

Potters Market at The Mint Museum to return in 2020

Potters Market at The Mint Museum to return in 2020

Charlotte, N.C. (March 8, 2019)  After much thought and deliberation, the Delhom Service League of the Mint Museum has decided to postpone its signature event, the Potters Market, until 2020, when the festival will be reimagined to be bigger and more robust than ever.

“We want to re-do it, reinvent it,” says Phil Sciabarrasi, president of the Delhom Service League, the ceramics affiliate of The Mint Museum, which promotes ceramic arts and education. “We want to spend time revisiting all aspects of the Potters Market to help us produce an experience that that will continue to grow and highlight North Carolina ceramics, while also delighting potters and attendees.”

One of the major changes in store: Rather than continue as an invitational, the 2020 Potters Market will be a juried show, a move that will bring even more diversity to the beloved affair.

The event will also coincide with the 10th anniversary of the opening of Mint Museum Uptown. “This will be a very celebratory year for the museum, and our intention is to make the 2020 Potters Market a large part of that celebration,” says Sciabarrasi.

Started in 2004, the annual Potters Market is beloved by ceramics collectors and pottery fans alike for the opportunity it provides to get to know dozens of the state’s best potters and shop the latest works in the rich tradition of North Carolina pottery. Wares range from mugs, teapots and jars to oversized pots, contemporary art pottery and sculptures.

Funds raised by the festival help support acquisitions to The Mint Museum’s ceramics collection and help to promote interest in ceramic arts. Delhom Service League hosts many public programs and hands on experiences throughout the year using these funds, relating to all types of ceramics, from ancient to contemporary. As the group works to reimagine the Potters Market, they hope enthusiasts will continue to engage with ceramics and clay by taking advantage of these programs.

“Delhom Service League is thankful for the corporate sponsors, individual sponsors, and attendees who have been so supportive over the years, and for the exceptional potters who have brought their best work to sell,” says Sciabarrasi. “Potters Market has grown into one of the most important ceramics event in the state, and we want to return in 2020 with an enhanced experience worthy of their continued support in our exciting new chapter.”

For questions, email delhomserviceleague@gmail.com.

About Delhom Service League

The Delhom Service League was founded by M. Mellany Delhom as an affiliate organization of The Mint Museum in 1975. The group—credited with boosting interest and funding for The Mint Museum’s vast ceramics collection—is comprised of a diverse group of artists, teachers, corporate leaders, writers, librarians, doctors, and collectors. Over the last 40 years the focus of the group has expanded, but the mission of the group is the same: to promote ceramic arts and education. Today the league presents nationally and internationally known speakers, and supports the Delhom-Gambrell Reference Library for the decorative arts. It has funded the acquisition of numerous objects for the Mint’s ceramics collection.

Find Delhom Service League on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter. See the Delhom Service League rack brochure with calendar.

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.


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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.


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