In March 2019, we expect an invasion—an invasion of a beautiful sort. The National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) will hold its annual conference, Claytopia, in Minneapolis from March 27 through 30. Several thousand ceramic artists will descend on us during that time, and at WAM we will be ready. Ceramic artist Randy Johnston came to WAM with an idea for a way to welcome NCECA conference attendees: a new ceramics exhibit in our Leo and Doris…
Join NCECA (National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts) attendees at this reception for the exhibition The Persistence of Mingei: Influence through Four Generations of Ceramic Artists.
Ceramic artist Randy Johnston curated the new ceramics exhibit in the Leo and Doris Hodroff Gallery. The exhibition pays homage to University of Minnesota Regents Professor Warren MacKenzie and four generations of artists influenced by the Mingei tradition.
Mingei, meaning “art of the people,” was coined by the Japanese philosopher Yanagi Sōetsu in the early 1920s. His ideas started an art movement in Japan that celebrated everyday objects created by average people, elevating handmade crafts as a response to the nation’s rapid industrialization. MacKenzie and his wife Alixandra were the first American apprentices of the Mingei movement.
The exhibition will open on March 23. The reception takes place during NCECA’s annual conference, Claytopia, and is free and open to the public.