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new york ceramics (was re: off the hump, professors and thanksgiving

updated thu 27 nov 03


Christy Pines on wed 26 nov 03

The Manhattan Art & Antiques Center 1050 Second Avenue at 55th Street has over 100 galleries. Their ad in Art & Antiques magazine summer issue showed an unglazed pottery horse sculpture supposedly Tang dynasty. They always show at least one piece of ceramic in their ads. The most recent shows a japanese crackled glazed porcelain elephant, showing in the Hoffmantiques gallery at the center.

Not sure where in NJ you'll be, but in Princeton, until the 18th of January, you can see "The Centaur's Smile: The Human Animal in Early Greek Art", featuring 100 objects in various media including painted ceramic vases, sculptural relief in stone and clay, bronze and terracotta statuettes. This is at the Princeton University Art Museum.

TriBeCa Potters is a working studio at 443 Greenwich Street, downtown NYC. THeir holiday show is the 11th through the 14th of December.

If you want to see the largest collection of Wedgewood in the United States, comprised of pieces from the 18th through the 20th century, go out to Port Washington/Sands Point on Long Island. Hempstead House mansion has their Holiday House from November 28 to December 14, but the house is open other times and a tour of the collection can always be arranged. Call 516 767 5677. It's a great place - overlooking Long Island Sound, a huge mansion built in 1912.

The Japan Society (333 East 47th Street) current exhibit is Isamu Noguchi and Modern Japanese Ceramics. Runs through Jan 11. Open every day except Monday.

Check this link for a listing of galleries -

Dai Ichi Arts Gallery Building is at 24 West 57th Street. They handle a dozen or so potters.

If you're still around in January, the National Academy of Design sponsors the 5th annual New York Ceramics Fair at 1083 Fifth Avenue


christy in connecticut, a native new yorker

-----Original Message-----
From: Chris Clyburn
Sent: Nov 26, 2003 6:38 AM
Subject: Off the Hump, professors and thanksgiving

I want to thank everyone for advice on throwing off the hump thinly. I am
finding that the method of placing paper on top before removing with a wood
tool is working best.

The situation with the kiln and the professor has been resolved. Someone
else apparently had concerns and called the fire marshal before I could even
decide to. The kiln has been shut down, and cannot be restarted until the
fire marshal inspects it and they get it up to code.

Having read all the posts, and doing some soul-searching of my own, I have
come to the conclusion that while the professor in question is severely
underqualified for the job, I am not being fair to him by complaining to
others about this. He has the job and while he may never have had any studio
experience or teaching experience (his clay experience has been limited to
classes taken in a BA program 25-20 years ago and making a pot every few
months.) given time he could become a somewhat decent professor once he
quits trying so hard to cover up holes in his knowledge with BS and false
bravado. So at least while I am here I will try and give him as much support
as he will let me, hopefully he'll learn how to do a bique load soon so we
don't have to keep leaving him instructions .

I do appreciate everyone who offered advice, and even those who griped, they
all contributed to giveing me a better perspective and to help let go of
most of the anger and frustration I was feeling.

Also, for all those who helped me with the green oxidation glaze, thanks. I
will be testing all of them either Sunday or Monday as soon as I can get the
cone 10 electric kiln free. Next trimester I will be busy trying to develop
my own cone 9 ox glazes like I did for reduction, possibly figuring out how
to just convert my reduction glazes over to ox with similar results.

So anyway, next week I have finals and pack for Jersey to stay with the
in-laws for a month of no clay and lots of mother in-law nagging and people
speaking Russian when I can't understand more than a phrase or two. The
upside is I will be 1 hour from Manhattan and can take the bus to go to
galleries and museums when I finally get fed up . Anyone know of any good
galleries or museums with a ceramics collection in New York? I look every
year (with the exception of this summer when I was stuck on the subway
during the blackout) but on foot without a reference I have had little luck.

Everyone have a happy Thanksgiving,

Chris Clyburn

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