The history of Chinese ceramics dates all the way back to the Paleolithic era, with different regional traditions evolving over time. Today it remains ones of the most significant forms of ceramics globally (to the extent that porcelain is still casually referred to as “china” in everyday English usage).
This season, ASU Art Museum Ceramics Research Center celebrates this rich history and takes a closer look at how artists have reshaped those traditions in the new exhibition "Flowing Beyond Heaven and Earth." The show features over 60 pieces from 33 artists, the majority of whom have been recognized as national masters in China.
“Although these artists are revered in their native China, most do not show their work in the United States,” said Garth Johnson, ASU Art Museum curator. “This exhibition is a rare opportunity for us to understand the important role that ceramics play in Chinese cultural life.”
The exhibition is coordinated by artist Xiaoping Luo, who lives in Arizona part-time. Luo partnered with the China Ceramics Industrial Association, which is sponsoring the exhibition this season to foster international exchange.
“The exhibition’s title, 'Flowing Beyond Heaven and Earth,' is taken from a poem by Tang Dynasty Poet Wang Wei,” Luo said. “In Chinese contemporary ceramics, twined streams of heritage and innovation flow together to form a mighty river.”
Along with Luo, a delegation of 45 Chinese artists and officials visited Arizona for the exhibition opening reception and ceremony in February.
"Flowing Beyond Heaven and Earth" will be on view at the ASU Art Museum Ceramics Research Center from now through May 27. The ASU Art Museum Ceramics Research Center is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, with additional hours available by appointment. Admission is always free.