CAC’s New Int’l Exhibit, The Art of Woodfired Ceramics, features renowned Artist, Peter Callas

February 2020

This invitational international exhibition, curated by Brett Thomas and Mark Tyson, features works by 40 artists from Japan, France, New Zealand, Indonesia, Denmark and the United States – and is anchored by a collection of large expressionist ceramic sculptures by Peter Callas, who has won numerous awards throughout his 50 year career. Works by this famous wood fire ceramicist (and maker of America’s first anagama kiln, a Japanese term meaning ‘cave kiln’) are included in the collections of over 30 museums worldwide, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Photo Credits: Photos by Bruce Riggs include the Top Ten and Article Headline pictures of Peter Callas at work; Photos of Callas sculptures were taken by the artist, Peter Callas; and Brett Zsemple took the photo of Peter placing one of his pieces in a kiln.

The Exhibit will officially open on Saturday, February 1st at 10am – and Peter Callas will host a special Exhibit Reception that evening at 5pm.

CAC will make an official announcement about the newly approved expansion of their ceramic programs and facility – including the construction of a wood-fired kiln which will provide a wider variety of firing techniques for the CAC community and ceramic artists throughout the region. The reception, from 5 to 8pm, is open to the public. Music by Melange Quartet, wine and refreshments are provided, free of charge.

See a collection of over 150 Tea Bowls from around the world!

There is a long history of world-wide tea consumption and the many customs that have guided makers of tea wares throughout the ages. This exhibition (curated by Mark Tyson, collector and tea bowl maker) explores the significant aesthetic potential of contemporary tea bowls made for, or inspired by the Japanese tea ceremony. This collection is an expansive survey of the influences and cross cultural pollination that have produced interesting and beautiful bowls that transcend their intended utility and can be viewed as works of art. Tea bowls embody the ideals of wabi-sabi aesthetics, which centers on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. Pictured are tea bowls created by several of the artists featured in the exhibit.

This stunning exhibit is on display until March 1st