Potters are artists who like to get their hands really dirty. This virtual exhibition explores this remarkable, passionate interaction between artist and medium, and the different ways in which pots express their makers' passion. Amazingly, all great pots have this passion in common, in spite of the incredible variety of ways pots have been made in the past sixty years, and the huge differences in the way they look.
While Great Pots is not about art, it is about how some pots can be art, and also about how, even in the humblest pots, there is art. Most of all, this exhibition is about the unique relationship between the potter and the clay, the physical interaction between the hand and the vessel.
This virtual exhibition is based on the exhibition previously on view at the Newark Museum. Great Pots: Contemporary Ceramics from Function to Fantasy includes 175 pieces of artist-made studio ceramics from all over the world. The Newark Museum has been collecting and exhibiting modern ceramics since 1910, and its inter-departmental ceramic holdings number thousands of objects that embrace human culture all across the world from prehistory to the present. This exhibition is the latest chapter in a story that is at the very heart of our history as a Museum.
A 200-page full-color catalogue has been published by the Newark Museum and Guild Publishing of Madison, Wisconsin, and is available through the Museum Shop. Photography for the catalogue and this virtual exhibition was made possible by a grant from the Friends of Contemporary Ceramics. Ulysses Grant Dietz (firstname.lastname@example.org), Curator; Althea Meade-Hajduk, Research Assistant; Richard Goodbody, Photography. All photographs © 2002 Newark Museum