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Ceramic pieces simply 'Pour' in Schein-Joseph exhibition
1/30/14

The Schein-Joseph International Museum at Alfred University (AU) is hosting an exhibition titled “Pour” through March 28 on the top floor of Binns-Merrill Hall. The museum is open Wednesdays-Fridays from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

The special exhibition features ceramic pieces from the museum’s permanent collection with additions from invited artists, Julia Galloway, AU class of 1988; Hide Sadohara; and Sanam Emami, AU ’02. The exhibition focuses on pouring vessels such as teapots, pitchers, ewers, bottles, pouring bowls and a soup tureen with its ladle made for daily use, and in some cases, special occasions. Susan Kowalczyk, the museum’s collection manager, serves as the exhibit’s curator.

Contemporary artists with work in the permanent collection are Fred Bauer; Peter Beasecker, AU class of 1987; Mark Burns; Larry Bush; the late Val Cushing AU ’52; Malcolm Davis; Josh DeWeese AU ’91; Ryan Greenheck AU ’04; Mike Helke AU ’11; Coille Hooven; Clay Illian; Ole Jensen; Karen Karnes; Frank Martin; Mark Pharis; David Reagan; Don Reitz AU ’63; Lee Rexrode; Phil Rogers; Carol Rohrbach; the late David Shaner ’59; Linda Sikora; Richard St. John; Akio Takamori AU ’78; Ellen Shankin AU ’77; Cindy Sherman; Eric Van Eimeren; Peter Voulkos; Todd Wahlstrom ’95; Bruce Winn; and Beatrice Wood.

Historic pieces from the collection include a pitcher by Henry Varnum Poor, a group of English Staffordshire Ware pitchers with transfer images, a Rhinehardt Pottery jug, a Russel Wright ewer, an Edwin and Mary Scheier pitcher, a German Bellarmine jug, a Nigerian water bottle, a bottle from the Mississippian culture, and a Mexican Tiatilco bottle.

The Schein-Joseph International Museum of Ceramic Art at Alfred houses nearly 8,000 ceramic and glass objects, ranging from small pottery shards recovered from ancient civilizations to contemporary sculpture and installation pieces to advanced ceramics reflecting the cutting edge of ceramic technology. The museum is a teaching and research facility, one educational component of the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University.