selections from the Corsaw, Fox, and Krevolin Collections
June 1, 2005 - September 30, 2005
This exhibition highlights ceramic pieces from
three of the collections within the Museum’s permanent holdings.
Seemingly disparate ceramic pieces – unglazed earthenware
pottery by unknown makers, celadon vessels by anonymous creators,
and sophisticated clays with multicolor glazes by studio artist
- will sit side by side. Collectively spanning the past two thousand
years and multiple cultures this combination invokes the ideas of
celestial syzygy or conjunction, (alignment or proximity of stars
and planets) to illustrate a common humanity in all its variations.
Curated by the museum’s collection manager,
Susan Kowalczyk, pieces will include selected representations from
the Roger D. Corsaw Collection of Functional American Ceramics,
the John R. Fox Collection, and the Krevolin Collection of Pottery
of the Ancient Americas.
The John R. Fox Collection of (mostly) Korean Pottery
came to Alfred in the 1960s; it includes more than 200 pieces and
dates from the Silla through the Yi Dynasties.
The Roger D. Corsaw Collection was established
in the 1980s. Roger Corsaw (’35) provided both a collection
and funds to support this collection, which totals more than 200
pieces from the twentieth century.
The Krevolin Collection was donated by Lewis (’55)
and Jenny Krevolin (’56) in the 1980s and early 1990s. This
collection contains ceramic objects from North, South and Central
America and comprises more than 400 pieces.
A partial listing of artists and objects includes
Peter Beasecker, Roger Corsaw, Val Cushing, Eddie Dominguez, Myrtle
Meritt French, Charles Harder, Janel Jacobson, Karen Koblitz, Harrison
McIntosh, Walter Ostrom, Ken Ferguson, Vivika and Otto Heino, Karen
Karnes, Lucy Rie, Annabeth Rosen, Bonnie Seeman, Ellen Shankin,
Bruce Winn, historic Korean vessels and pottery from North, South
and Central America.
soup tureen and bowls, 1997, stoneware, glazed,
h: 11” diameter: 13-3/4” (tureen with lid &
saucer), Schein-Joseph International
of Ceramic Art, Roger D. Corsaw Collection, Museum Purchase,
1997.116, photo by Brian Oglesbee
Koryo Dynasty (918-1392) wine cup and stand, 12th century, inlaid
celadon, h: 5”, Schein-Joseph International Museum of
Ceramic Art, Colonel John R. Fox Collection, gift of John R.
Fox, 1960.10 and 11, photo by Brian Oglesbee