Thursday, June 13, 2013
Ceramics at MFAH
"THREE DECADES OF WEST COAST CERAMICS 1956 - 1986" is one of several new exhibits running through the summer at the Museum Of Fine Art Houston.
During those 30 years there was a huge shift in American Ceramics that mainly occurred on the West Coast in California and Washington. With no requirements for making objects of purpose, ceramics artists experimented with abstract and figural forms, radical building techniques, and surface treatments. The result was groundbreaking sculptural pieces and a new aesthetic that changed ceramic art world wide.
Robert Ameson and Peter Voulkos were the key players in establishing new innovations which spurned ceramics artists across California and nationwide to embrace the new philosophy. These three decades of intense creativity gave birth to incredible ceramic works.
The exhibit showcases MFAH's fine collection of American Ceramics. It also focuses on students and teachers from ceramics programs at Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, University of California, Davis, Chouinard Art Institute, Los Angeles, and University of Washington, Seattle.