Tulip Vases and Trivets: Contemporary ceramics by Sanam Emami

Editorial Staff Exhibitions

Sanam Emami is a studio potter with a distinctive appreciation for the past. Her signature form is the tulip vase, the multi spouted, tin-glazed concoction that dates from the tulip craze that swept much of Western Europe in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. In Emami’s hands however, the vase becomes contemporary and personal. Her current exhibition, Organic Precisionism, …

Collecting Zsolnay art pottery, a conversation with Dr. László Gyugyi

Editorial Staff Art

Dr. László Gyugyi, a Hungarian-born retired research engineer now living in Pittsburgh, has assembled the finest private collection of Zsolnay art pottery, numbering nearly six hundred pieces. A portion of his collection is now on view at the Forbes Galleries in New York City, before it will be donated to a new cultural center being built in Pécs, Hungary, in …

Wedgwood in the nineteenth century

Editorial Staff Furniture & Decorative Arts

March 2009 | The Wedgwood ceramics manufactory, which celebrates its 250th anniversary this year and is one of the oldest potteries functioning today, has been the subject of numerous monographs, exhibition catalogues, journal articles, and even a novel.1 Yet most of these publications have dealt with the life of, or period of production dating to the lifetime of, company founder …

American studio ceramics at mid century

Editorial Staff Furniture & Decorative Arts

March 2009 | Mourning the loss of aesthetic purity in the modern age, Susan Sontag once wrote that “[I]n a world that is well on its way to becoming one vast quarry, the collector becomes someone engaged in a pious work of salvage.”1 There are countless reasons why people become collectors. Doubtless there are many reasons that Philip E. Aarons, …

Japanese Craft in Philadelphia

Editorial Staff Exhibitions

Much has been written about the influence of Japanese design on American and European works of the nineteenth century, but turn the lens in the other direction, looking at the influence of Western art on Japan, and there have been far fewer inquiries. The Art of Japanese Craft: 1875 to the Present, presented at the Philadelphia Museum of Art through …