Ceramics Research Center receives 'The Studio Potter' archives

August 17, 2010

Following a yearlong conversation, the ASU Art Museum Ceramics">http://asuartmuseum.asu.edu/ceramicsresearchcenter/">Ceramics Research Center (CRC) in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts received significant ceramic archives from "The Studio Potter" magazine, which documents 30 years of creative activity. The archives will be available Sept. 30.

“We are delighted to have the ASU Art Museum Ceramics Research Center as the new home of the "Studio Potter" archives. Not only are we confident (and relieved) that the center has the expertise and resources to preserve and safeguard these precious materials, but we are very excited for "The Studio Potter's" history to be in a place where it will be truly accessible to scholars and students of the field,” says Mary Barringer, current "Studio Potter" editor. “Over the 30 years of Gerry Williams’ editorship, he amassed an astonishing collection of interviews, photographs, and correspondence with important and representative figures in contemporary ceramics: makers, thinkers, and livers of the dream. I can't think of a better place for this vivid record of the voices, ideas, and images of an entire period to be preserved and made available to future generations, nor could "Studio Potter's" archives be in better company. On behalf of the entire board and membership, I thank the Ceramics Research Center for your stewardship of our material history.” Download Full Image

Peter Held, curator of ceramics at the CRC, shares Barringer’s sentiments about the recent magazine archives acquisition. “This wonderful gift to the CRC is greatly appreciated and we thank the magazine’s board for entrusting us with this significant resource,” Held says.

Founded in 1972, "The">http://studiopotter.org/">"The Studio Potter" magazine, under Gerry Williams’ editorial vision, was at the forefront of offering insightful writings on technology, criticism, aesthetics, and history within the ceramics community. An intrepid travel, Williams, along with his wife Julie, amassed a trove of oral histories, transcribed interviews, photographs and journals. Many artists in the archive are represented in the ASU Art Museum’s collection. Coupled with existing holdings from the renowned Susan Harnly Peterson Archives, the CRC has greatly expanded its research potential within the field while making these archives more accessible to scholars, educators and students.

To make an appointment to use "The Studio Potter" archives please contact Mary-Beth Buesgen, CRC program specialist at 480.965.7092, or mary-beth.buesgen">mailto:mary-beth.buesgen@asu.edu">mary-beth.buesgen@asu.edu. The ASU Art Museum Ceramics Research Center is located on 10th Street and Mill Avenue in Tempe, Ariz. Free parking is available in ASU Art Museum-marked spaces. The CRC is open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and is closed, Sunday, Monday and holidays. Exhibitions held at the CRC are free for everyone.

The ASU Art Museum, named "the single most impressive venue for contemporary art in Arizona" by Art in America, is part of the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University. The museum is located on the southeast corner of Mill Avenue and 10th Street in Tempe and admission is free. Hours are 11 a.m.-8 p.m., on Tuesdays (during the academic year), 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday and closed on Sundays and Mondays. To learn more about the museum, call 480.965.2787 or visit http://asuartmuseum.asu.edu.


Peter Held, peter.held">mailto:peter.held@asu.edu">peter.held@asu.edu
ASU Art Museum Ceramics Research Center
Curator of Ceramics

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Saying goodbye to China

August 17, 2010

Throughout the summer, ASU students studying abroad will be writing back to the states about their overseas adventures. Fostering international student experiences is just one part of ASU's commitment to making a global impact.

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These past couple weeks have been a whirlwind! With it being my last weeks in China, I was super busy studying for my final exam, saying goodbye to friends I made, eating at all my favorite restaurants one last time, and packing my stuff and all the souvenirs I had bought. However, even with how busy I was, I still managed to visit two incredibly beautiful places nearby Chengdu: the Yibin Bamboo Sea and Emei Mountain.

The Bamboo Sea is located in the southern part of Sichuan, and is comprised of over 120 square kilometers of bamboo covered mountain slopes. It is considered one of the best scenic spots in China and has been used for many movies, most notably the acclaimed "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon." I and several other students joined a tour group that left Saturday morning and returned Sunday night. The tour crammed a ton of stuff over the course of two days, including drifting on bamboo rafts, riding cable cars up a mountain (providing a great view of the sea), a special bamboo dinner, and even whitewater rafting. My two favorite parts of the tour were the Rainbow Waterfall and Tianhuang Temple. Rainbow Waterfall is a beautiful multi-storied waterfall surrounded by many trails that provided beautiful views – you could eve go behind the waterfall! Tianhuang Temple is built into the side of a cliff and also provides stunning views, along with an incredible trail around the cliff face which is covered in intricate rock carvings.

On the following Friday immediately after class, a group of us rushed over to the nearby bus station to catch the earliest bus to Emei Mountain. Emei Mountain is one of China's "Four Great Buddhist Mountains" and is also considered one of its most beautiful. It is especially famous for the incredible sunrise seen from its "Golden Summit," which is very rare site because of Emei's foggy weather. The sunrise was the reason we left immediately after class, as we wanted to get as close to the summit as possible on Friday night, so that we could see the sunrise Saturday morning. After arriving at a hotel located next to a cable car leading to the summit, we went to bed with our fingers crossed hoping that weather would permit us to see the sunrise. Waking up a couple hours before sunrise and seeing the moon and stars overhead (a good sign that the sunrise would be visible), we waited in line at the cable car with hundreds of other tourists hoping to see the sunrise. After a short (and very cramped) ride up to the summit, we claimed a good spot to see the sunrise. After about 30 minutes of shivering in the mountain air, the sunrise began! It was incredible feeling watching the sun rise over a sea clouds, slowly lighting up the mountain.

Once the sunrise was over, we could see exactly why it was called the "Golden Summit": there was a humongous golden statue and a golden temple! After taking tons of pictures of the statue, temple and the amazing mountain view, we traveled down from the summit and rode a bus to the middle part of the mountain to see the other thing the Emei is well known for: monkeys! The Emei Mountain monkeys are Tibetan Macaques who have a well-earned reputation of stealing food and belongings from tourists. We saw several monkeys eating their ill-gotten goods as we walked the trails, and kept an eye out so we weren't the next victims. However, there is one part of the mountain called the Monkey Ecological Zone where the tourists and the monkeys can interact with relative safety. With monkey handlers keeping the monkeys in line, tourists can walk through the zone and watch the monkeys, and if you are willing to pay, the handlers will coax one of the monkeys to climb onto you for pictures. I couldn't resist the opportunity, and ended up getting several pictures with a momma monkey and her baby.

After Emei Mountain, I returned back to Chengdu, took the final exam, said my goodbyes at our farewell dinner and took the long plane ride home. I am now back in Arizona, and a part of me still can't believe it. I spent two whole months in Chengdu and the province of Sichuan, and yet there was so much that I still wanted to do, so much I still wanted to see. It was hands-down one of the best experiences I have ever had, and I really hope I will get the chance to return.

Christopher Robinson, a sustainability and Chinese major, is a student in the Chinese Language Flagship Program and will be a senior this fall. He is studying abroad in China this summer.