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Professor discusses new WVU ceramics exhibit

MORGANTOWN — This month’s Lunchtime Looks at the Art Museum of WVU was presented by Shoji Satake, associate professor in the School of Art and Design and the coordinator of the ceramics program. He discussed the newly opened ceramics exhibition “Flowing Beyond Heaven and Earth: Chinese Master Ceramists,”  on view in the upper gallery.

“Flowing Beyond Heaven and Earth” showcases works by artists from different pottery regions across China, from the purest porcelains of Jing-dezhen to the exquisite teapots of Yixing.

Satake, born in Kyoto, Japan, and raised in Anchorage, Alaska, received his MFA in ceramics from Indiana University, Bloomington. He received his BA in studio art and BA in government from The College of William and Mary. He has taught at Indiana University, Hope College, and at Central Michigan University.

Shoji has served as one of the Directors-at-Large for the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) Board and currently serves NCECA as a special presidential appointee to the council. Shoji has conducted workshops and exhibited nationally and internationally. Some of his most recent activities include the Japan/USA Exhibition at Santa Fe Clay, the 2004 Summer Visiting Artist Workshop at the University of Winnipeg, Manitoba, the Jingdezhen, China 1000 Years of Porcelain International Exhibition, Yellow Ball Project, Antwerp, Belgium, and the exhibition From Hoosier Hands at the Richmond Fine Arts Museum in Richmond, Indiana.

The exhibit is organized by the curator of Ceramics, Garth Johnson, and the Arizona State University Art Museum Ceramics Research Center, Tempe, Ariz.; coordinated by artist Luo Xiaoping and made possible by the China Industrial Ceramics Association (CCIA); supported by the ASU Art Museum’s Helme Prinzen Endowment.

At WVU, the exhibit is made possible with generous support by the Friends of the Art Museum and by William and Linda Hagerty.

For more information about the Lunchtime Looks program, call 304-293-7790.