I think many people are familiar with The Ogden, New Orleans' dynamic young museum dedicated to the visual arts of the American South (read the institution's fascinating story here), but did you know about the museum's Center for Southern Craft and Design?
In keeping with the museum's mission, the CFSCD provides today's artists and artisans opportunities to share their work with a much broader audience. Coming up very soon is an example: CFSCD's third annual juried invitational exhibition, Art of the Cup: Functional Comfort.
I've been told that more than 50 participating potters submitted up to two ceramic pieces (the vessels could be tea bowls, cups and saucers, or mugs). Why cups? Well, in part because they are comforting. There's nothing threatening about a cup, and collecting handmade vessels like these can be a wonderful way to incorporate something artisanal into an existing collection of conventional wares. Shown above is a lovely sample from Jim Connell; I'm also anxious to see what Rachael Therese exhibits. In all, over 90 pieces will be shown, with prices ranging from $25 to more than $100.
Be sure and stay tuned to the CFSCD blog for detailed images, the complete list of potters, and special giveaway news. The exhibition opens Thursday, October 28, during Ogden After Hours (featuring the Honey Island Swamp Band), and will be on view through January 2, 2011.
BTW: Vesta Fort will moderate Collecting 101: Before and After: A Conversation with designer Gerrie Bremermann and Jennifer and Fred Heebe, November 3, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Ogden. The details for this event are also available through the CFSCD blog.
[Unusual 1901 high-glaze Newcomb Pottery vase photographed by Paula Burch-Celentano. Image via Tulane University New Wave.]