Ceramics lecture scheduled on March 10

Pablo Picasso’s Vase with Person/Bird, a 1951 piece, will be one of the items discussed at the lecture.

Pablo Picasso’s Vase with Person/Bird, a 1951 piece, will be one of the items discussed at the lecture.

Explore the intersection between painting and pottery at an upcoming lecture at the Bruce Museum on Monday, March 10, at 1:15 p.m.

Titled From Gauguin to Picasso: Their Work in Pottery, ceramics and glass scholar Martin Eidelberg will explore an often overlooked chapter in the history of modern ceramics — the collaborative work between revolutionary painters and potters of the 20th century. Dr. Eidelberg will describe the notable avant garde partnerships that produced innovative and startling works.

The story will begin with the bold ceramic vessels and sculptures of Paul Gauguin. Primarily a painter, Gauguin came to ceramics around 1886 when he was taught the craft by the pioneer French potter, Ernest Chaplet, whose own experimental work with forms and glazes lent support for Gauguin’s expressive, primitive style.

Just after 1900, artists as diverse as Odilon Redon and Mary Cassatt collaborated with Andre Metthey at his studio in Asnieres, France. Metthey, known for his sumptuous ceramics, including painted and sculptural earthenware, invited painters from the Paris school to decorate his ceramics.

Fauve artists such as Henri Matisse and Maurice de Vlaminck painted the surfaces of Matthey plates, dishes and vases with bright abstract patterns.

In the following decade, Raoul Dufy and Joan Miro, began to work with the Paris-based Catalan potter, Jose Llorens Artigas, by painting on the surfaces of Artigas’s vase and placque forms. This style of collaboration eventually inspired Miro to make models out of found objects that were then translated into clay by Artigas.

Dr. Eidelberg will conclude with the artist Pablo Picasso, who in the years after World War II, explored the way an object can seem to be on the point of becoming something else.

Working in ceramics, Picasso manipulated thrown pots while they were still soft, bending the tall neck of a bottle over to make a face.

This lecture marks a highlight of the 25th year of the  Connecticut Ceramics Study Club. The lecture fee for non-members is $25. Tea and refreshments will be served. Reservations are not required.

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