Guest Lecturers

Louise Cort – Keynote

Louise Cort

Working With Clay: Stories from Japan, India, and Southeast Asia
“I will draw upon field work with potters in various parts of Asia to illuminate aspects of what potters do and how they do it. I am interested in technology, but also in the meaning of the working process to the maker—the meaning of being a potter. The contexts are communities where the products are standardized. In such settings, in the absence of emphasis on individual ego, what are the sources of satisfaction?”

 Louise Cort is Curator for Ceramics at the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution. Her interests include historical and contemporary ceramics in Japan, Southeast Asia, and South Asia, Japanese baskets and textiles, and the Japanese arts of tea (chanoyu).

She is the author of Shigaraki, Potters’ Valley, published in 1979 and reprinted in 2000. In 2008 she prepared (with George Ashley Williams IV and David P. Rehfuss) the online catalogue Ceramics in Mainland Southeast Asia: Collections in the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. Her study on Indian ritual earthenware, Temple Potters of Puri (with Purna Chandra Mishra), was published in 2012. With Andrew M. Watsky, she organized and co-edited Chigusa and the Art of Tea (2014). 

In 2012 she received the thirty-third Koyama Fujio Memorial Prize for her research on historical and contemporary Japanese ceramics, and the Smithsonian Distinguished Scholar Award.

Sylvie Granatelli – Closing

Sylvie GranatelliSilvie Granatelli has been a full-time studio potter working in Floyd Co. Virginia since 1982. Silvie received a B.F.A. from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1971 and an M.F.A. from Montana State in Bozeman, Montana in 1975. She has taught ceramics at Virginia Tech and Berea College in Berea, Kentucky.

Her work is in the collection of the Mint Museum in Charlotte, NC, The Museum of Ceramic Art in Alfred, New York, and the Taubman Museum of Art in Roanoke, Virginia. Silvie’s work has been featured in many publications, including Ceramics Monthly, Clay Times, and Studio Potter. Her work can also be found in numerous books. These include Pots in the Kitchen, by Josie Walter; The Ceramic Glaze Handbook, by Mark Burleson; Handbuilt Tableware, by Kathy Triplett; Porcelain Masters: Major works by Leading Ceramists, curated by Richard Burkett and The Art of Contemporary American Pottery, by Kevin Hluch.

She was the recipient of the Virginia Museum Fellowship Grant in 1995. Throughout her career, Silvie has given workshops across the United States, spoken on panels and demonstrated at several NCECA conferences. In 2000, she presented a slide lecture in New Delhi, India. She also participated in a ceramic symposium and show in Izmir, Turkey in 2000. Silvie traveled to Tuscany, Italy in 2005. There she teamed up with an Italian chef to teach a workshop on the cuisine and pottery of Tuscany. Silvie’s work has been shown numerous times at the Old Church Cultural Center in Demarest, NJ. She has been an ongoing invited artist at the St. Croix River Valley Pottery Tour in Minnesota.

Silvie is part owner of a regional gallery called Troika Contemporary Crafts. It is located in Floyd, Virginia, where she lives and works. She has shared her studio and mentored young aspiring potters for 20 years.