Clay @ Play: Irony, Humor, & Whimsy in the Ceramic Arts
February 27 and 28, 2015
No registration needed. Free and open to the public.
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:
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
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
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
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!