Here/Now | A Humble Legacy: Two Exhibitions of Yunomi
The Craft in America Center is pleased to present two exhibitions celebrating the legacy of Bernard Leach and the centennial of the founding of his studio, Leach Pottery, through the informal tea drinking cup, yunomi.
A Humble Legacy is an exhibition of approximately two dozen works of historic and contemporary yunomi made by artists affiliated with Leach Pottery and its legacy. Master potters Bernard Leach and Shoji Hamada established St. Ives Pottery (Leach Pottery) in Cornwall, England in 1920, and their impact on 20th century ceramics cannot be overstated. Leach reintroduced studio pottery to England at a time when it had been replaced by industrially-produced ceramics, and his approach had a ripple effect on the global history of contemporary ceramics. The works in this exhibition are a selection of the history of Leach and St. Ives Pottery using yunomi as a lens. This exhibition is organized in consultation with former Leach apprentice, Jeff Oestreich, who worked at the pottery from 1969-1971.
Here/Now: Contemporary Narrative and Form in the Yunomi is a ceramic invitational, which will consist of a small group of ceramic artists asked to construct a series of yunomi. The cylinder, being the root structure of most ceramic objects, leads to the yunomi, which can be playful and quickly made. The yunomi is a foundational form for most makers-inviting many options, directions, and intent. This exhibition broadens the opportunity for the maker to bring narrative, social political, economic, or environmental concern to the conversation. These are a range of contemporary vessel makers who are dedicated to rethinking traditional ideas. Using the cup as a launching point, this exhibition explores the historical ideal of the humble, anonymous Japanese potter juxtaposed with the American idealism of self-experience. Here/Now is organized by Nikki Lewis and Katie Queen.