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Let’s Table This @ The American Museum of Ceramic Art

Let's Table This: AMOCA

Let's Table This:

A Survey of Tabletop Vessels from AMOCA's Permanet Collection

January 23 - April 24, 2010

I just found out one of my bowls is going to be included into this show!  It's the first time that I’ve had one pieces in a ceramics museum and part of a permanent collection and I feel so happy about it**giddy happy**jump up and down** happy. Ok, you get the picture. Here’s the story: AMOCA presents for the first time a full scale exhibition highlighting a selection of the permanent collection.  This collection survey’s the c domestic space of the dining table and features nearly 150 functional ceramics works drawn from AMOCA’s 1,000 piece collection.  Each piece selected in this landscape of tableware is called upon to fulfill its purpose of serviceability, hospitality, visual interest, and tactile pleasure. Elegant tea bowls and large platters influenced by traditional forms and glazes elevate the commonplace object of dinnerware to the level of creative expression.  Teapots, tea cups, and creamers that showcase whimsicality either in their shape or surface embellishment provide moments of punctuation and bring levity to the table setting.  Plates, bowls, covered containers, and vases sporting riotous colors or decorative patterns sever as focal points and topics of conversation at the dinner table.  Always playing to an audience, these domestic tabletop objects represent the civility, familiarity, and daily ritual of the dining experience.  They also reflect on the long and rich history of functional pottery and celebrate the ceramic form for its sensuality of material and containment of meaning.

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