In September, Professor of Ceramics Anna Calluori Holcombe attended and exhibited at the International Academy of Ceramics (IAC) Assembly in Dublin, Ireland. Affiliated with United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), IAC is the principal organization representing the interests of ceramists worldwide, and consists of 542 individual members and 49 collective members, representing 53 countries from all continents. Calluori Holcombe is currently an elected member.
While in Europe for six weeks on sabbatical, Calluori Holcombe visited Ireland twice, her first week being in Dublin attending the assembly. She had work in the Member’s Exhibition in Dublin Castle, the location of the assembly. According to the IAC website, The IAC Members Exhibition is a gallery of ceramic pieces open to the public during the IAC 2014 General Assembly and features works from the most prominent ceramic artists from around the world. The gallery is a key element of each general assembly, is of great significance to all members and is the high point of the assembly.
“The assembly moves to a different country each time, and takes on the ‘flavor’ of the city and country where we meet,” said Calluori Holcombe. “I was very impressed with the quality of work from the ceramics community in Ireland. I enjoyed meeting many of the artists as well. It is a privilege to exhibit alongside artists I admire from all over the world.”
Calluori Holcombe then traveled to Italy and England for research, then back to Ireland to teach a workshop in ceramics at Limerick School of Art and Design. She gave two demonstrations, two lectures and met with students and faculty while there.
“The workshop at Limerick School of Art and Design was great,” Calluori Holcombe continued. “I was hosted by the faculty and had a great opportunity to meet with students. I was impressed with the program. We have a Memo of Understanding with this school and there is potential for exchanges and joint activities in the future.”
Calluori Holcombe currently has work showing at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans, in the 77th annual Art of the Cup exhibition curated by the Center for Southern Craft & Design. She will also have an installation in the Thomas Hunter Project Space, an installation space in the ceramics program of the art department atHunter College, City University of New York (CUNY), coming later this month. This is a solo exhibit as an installation piece where all the work reflects the theme of Light and Shadow and the subject matter relates to the ambiguity one finds in nature.