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symposium on japanese ceramics at occidental college

updated thu 26 feb 04


Vince Pitelka on wed 25 feb 04

My son Morgan, of whom I am rather proud, is involved in a symposium at =
Occidental College in Eagle Rock (northern LA), where he teaches East =
Asian Studies. Following is a description of the symposium. If you =
like Japanese pottery and big words and are in the LA area, you might =
want to attend. =20
- Vince

** Japanese Ceramics as Transnational Culture: A Symposium **

Presented by the Asian Studies Department and Remsen Bird Fund
Monday, March 8, 2004, 7-9 PM, Johnson 200, Occidental College, Los =


Dale Wright, David B. and Mary H. Gamble Professor of Religion, will
introduce the theme of the symposium and the two speakers.

Morgan Pitelka, Luce Assistant Professor of Asian Studies, will give a
presentation titled "Japanophilic Objects of Desire: Japanese Ceramics,
Aesthetics, and Discourse in American Pottery." Pitelka is the editor of
Japanese Tea Culture: Art, History, and Practice (RoutledgeCurzon, 2003) =
the author of a book on Raku ceramics and tea culture (forthcoming,
University of Hawaii Press), as well as an amateur potter.

John Wells, Occidental Class of 1979, will give a presentation titled =
Ware: History and Production." Wells is one of a handful of foreign =
to succeed in the vibrant and competitive world of ceramics in Japan. He =
lived and worked in Bizen for more than twenty years, and is a regular
contributor to juried exhibitions and galleries across Japan. He =
operates a
wood-fired climbing kiln in Kugui, Bizen.

Following their presentations, Pitelka and Wells will discuss the global
flow of Japanese ceramics and take questions from the audience.

The symposium is free of charge and open to the public.



Occidental College is located in northeast Los Angeles in the community =
Eagle Rock, between Pasadena on the east and Glendale on the west. For
driving directions, see the following page:
Johnson Hall (not to be confused with Johnson Student Center) is labeled =
on the following campus map:

Please direct all additional enquiries to:

Jacquelyn Moon
Asian Studies Department
Occidental College, M8
Los Angeles, CA 90041