Path of the Teabowl Virtual Conference (Oct 22-23) Registration & Schedule


Path of the Teabowl exhibition


What is a teabowl? How did it become an iconic ceramic art form? A millennium ago in China, Buddhist monks drank green tea from bowls with brown and black glazes. Later, in Korea and Japan, potters crafted teabowls of increasingly diverse designs, often intentionally asymmetrical. Treasured teabowls, if broken, were repaired with lacquer and gold. Ritual etiquette dictated the ways in which teabowls have been used to prepare and serve tea in East Asia. Today, around the world, people invent personal tea ceremonies. Contemporary artists create teabowls with a range of motivations, from channeling the classics to breaking new ground in forms and processes. Tracing the teabowl’s path in Asia and beyond, this exhibition features over one hundred teabowls and related objects from the tenth through the twenty-first century. This exhibition was curated by Meghen Jones, Associate Professor of Art History, Alfred University.

Path of the Teabowl, on view through December 29, 2021, includes works from the permanent collection of the Alfred Ceramic Art Museum as well as important loans from the collections of Carol and Jeffrey Horvitz; Marlin and Ginger Miller; the Art Complex Museum Duxbury, Massachusetts; the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Cornell University; and the University of Michigan Museum of Art. It will be accompanied by a catalogue, funded in part by the School of Art and Design, with essays by six authors. The conference is supported by a grant from the Northeast Asia Council of the Association for Asian Studies, in conjunction with the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission.

-all times listed below in Eastern Daylight Time (New York)-



October 22–23: Virtual conference: Path of the Teabowl

Explores the definitions, histories, and contexts of teabowls.

Friday October 22​

Session 1: 1:00-3:30pm

  • Welcome remarks, Meghen Jones (Guest Curator, Path of the Teabowl and Associate Professor of Art History, Alfred University) and Wayne Higby (Director and Chief Curator, Alfred Ceramic Art Museum)

  • Robert D. Mowry (Senior Consultant in Chinese and Korean Art a Christie's, New York; Curator of Chinese Art Emeritus, Harvard Art Museums): “Tea Drinking in China and Song-Dynasty Black-Glazed Wares"

  • Philip Hu (Curator of Asian Art, Saint Louis Art Museum): “Color, Form, and Silhouette: Northern and Southern Song Tea Bowls and Related Bowl Stands from the Saint Louis Art Museum”

  • Ellen Avril (Chief Curator and the Judith H. Stoikov Curator of Asian Art, Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University): “Poetry, Painting and Informal Tea: Two Collaborative Tea Bowls in the Modern Period”

  • Discussion

Saturday October 23

Session 2: 8:00am-10:15am

  • Seung Yeon Sang (Visiting Researcher, Autonomous University of Barcelona): “Cranes Soaring Among Clouds: The Appreciation of Koryŏ Celadon Teabowls”

  • Yūji Akimoto (Professor/ Director of The University Arts Museum, Tokyo University of the Arts; Director of Nerima Art Museum): “A Free Mood Bowl that Reinterprets Tradition through Subculture, Manga, and Anime Points of View”

  • Shinya Maezaki (Professor of Art History, Kyoto Women’s University): “The History of Teabowls from the Perspective of Supply and Demand”

  • Discussion

-Tea break-

Session 3: 10:30am-11:45am

  • Andrew L. Maske (Associate Professor of Art History, University of Kentucky): “View-ing The Teabowl: The Role of Keshiki in Chawan Appreciation”

  • Natsu Oyobe (Curator of Asian Art, the University of Michigan Museum of Art): "The Teabowl in Contemporary Toriawase: Activating the Vessel for A One and Only Encounter"

  • Discussion

-Lunch break-

Session 4: 12:30-3:00pm

  • Morgan Pitelka (Chair, Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, and Professor, Department of History, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill): “The Social Life of Raku Teabowls”

  • Meghen Jones (Guest Curator, Path of the Teabowl and Associate Professor of Art History, Alfred University): “The Teabowl at Alfred”

  • Discussion

  • Alfred Ceramic Art faculty roundtable

To register for the conference: https://alfredu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_9e3EuXqSSJmRh8SspgN7rA

A conference recording will be available after the event on YouTube.

For information about conference registration, contact artsevents@alfred.edu.

Museum events page: https://ceramicsmuseum.alfred.edu/events.html

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