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Alfred Ceramic Art Museum Virtual conference: The Art of the Teabowl, October 22-23

On the occasion of the Alfred Ceramic Museum exhibition, The Art of the Teabowl, this conference explores the definitions, histories and contexts of teabowls.  For more information about the exhibition visit:

Conference Schedule:
All times are in Eastern Daylight Time (New York)

Friday October 22
Session 1: 1:00-3:30pm  

Welcome remarks, Meghen Jones (Guest Curator, Path of the Teabowl and Associate Professor of Art History, Alfred University) and Wayne Higby (Director and Chief Curator, Alfred Ceramic Art Museum)
Robert D. Mowry (Senior Consultant in Chinese and Korean Art a Christie's, New York; Curator of Chinese Art Emeritus, Harvard Art Museums): “Tea Drinking in China and Song-Dynasty Black-Glazed Wares”
Philip Hu (Curator of Asian Art, Saint Louis Art Museum): “Color, Form, and Silhouette: Northern and Southern Song Tea Bowls and Related Bowl Stands from the Saint Louis Art Museum”
Ellen Avril (Chief Curator and the Judith H. Stoikov Curator of Asian Art, Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University): “Poetry, Painting and Informal Tea: Two Collaborative Tea Bowls in the Modern Period”

Saturday October 23  
Session 2: 8:00am-10:15am

Seung Yeon Sang (Visiting Researcher, Autonomous University of Barcelona): “Cranes Soaring Among Clouds: The Appreciation of Koryŏ Celadon Teabowls”
Yūji Akimoto (Professor/ Director of The University Arts Museum, Tokyo University of the Arts; Director of Nerima Art Museum): “A Free Mood Bowl that Reinterprets Tradition through Subculture, Manga, and Anime Points of View”  
Shinya Maezaki (Professor of Art History, Kyoto Women’s University): “The History of Teabowls from the Perspective of Supply and Demand”
-Tea break-

Session 3: 10:30am-11:45am

Andrew L. Maske (Associate Professor of Art History, University of Kentucky): “View-ing The Teabowl: The Role of Keshiki in Chawan Appreciation”
Natsu Oyobe (Curator of Asian Art, the University of Michigan Museum of Art): “The Teabowl in Contemporary Toriawase: Activating the Vessel for A One and Only Encounter”
-Lunch break- 

Session 4: 12:30-3:00pm

Morgan Pitelka (Chair, Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, and Professor, Department of History, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill): “The Social Life of Raku Teabowls”
Meghen Jones (Guest Curator, Path of the Teabowl and Associate Professor of Art History, Alfred University): “The Teabowl at Alfred”
Alfred Ceramic Art faculty roundtable


To register for the conference:

A conference recording will be available after the event on YouTube.

For information about conference registration, contact [email protected].  
For information on museum events: