Friday, November 2, 2012

8th Annual Cup: The Intimate Object On-line Exhibition

Dear Pottery Lovers,

I am so pleased to announce that the eighth annual Cup: The Intimate Object exhibition will open at midnight tonight on the Charlie Cummings Gallery website. This year the show features over 500 cups by nearly 100 artists. The artists sent truly excellent cups this year, making this exhibition among the most outstanding collections of drinking vessels I have seen in one place.

As the most intimate of ceramic objects, the humble cup possesses the unique ability to transform our daily experience. A favorite mug or tumbler rests perfectly in our grip, warming the hands in winter or delivering that cool draft we so crave after a workout or on a hot summer day. The right cup reminds us that the experience of drinking is special, and that the moment is worth savoring.

This year's show includes an exciting diversity of cups, from the bonanza of sprightly color in Linda Arbuckle's majolica and Gillian Parke's decaled yunomi to the earth tones of Jack Troy's and Simon Levin's wood fired porcelain. Subject matter ranges from that of Chandra DeBuse's humorous animal figures, to Ehren Tool's challenging sculptural cups, to the beautiful and ironic goldfish of Yoko Sekino-Bove's Fragile Immortality Series. Cups by talented young artists rub handles with those by mainstays of contemporary pottery. I can't crow enough about how impressed I am by all their work.

See the show online and find a new beloved friend after midnight tonight at

Can't wait till midnight to see the cups?  Check out the preview images at our Facebook page 

This exhibition features cups by:

Jennifer Allen, Dan Anderson , Linda Arbuckle, Andrew Avakian, Posey Bacopoulos, Noel Bailey, Peter Beasecker, Catherine Boswell, Brooks Bouwkamp, John Britt, Cindy Buehler, Kyle Carpenter, Benjamin Carter, Steven Cheek, Annie Chrietzberg, Linda Christianson, Sam Chung, Nan Coffin, Tim Compton, Jim Connell, Israel Davis, Chandra DeBuse , Maria Dondero, Sanam Emani, Mark Errol, Marty Fielding, Susan Filley, Donna Flanery, Emily Free Wilson, Brett Freund, Julia Galloway, Ernest Gentry, John Glick, Ryan Greenheck, Mel Griffin, Martha Grover, Julie Guyot, Amy Halko, Jeni Hansen Gard, Autumn Higgins, Barbara Hoffman, Meredith Host, Wally Hyleck, Sarah Jaeger, Brian Jones, Lauren Karle, Kristen Kieffer, Ashley Kim, Michael Kline, Martina Lantin, Dick Lehman, Clay Leonard, Forrest Lesch-Middelton, Simon Levin, Brenda Lichman, Leanne McClurg Cambric, Missy McCormick, Ryan McKerley, Lorna Meaden, Christopher Melia, Melissa Mencini, Shane Mickey, Megan Mitchell, Courtney Murphy, Ted Neal, Sean O'Connell, Lisa Orr, Gillian Parke, Kristin Pavelka, Doug Peltzman, Ronan Peterson, Ron Philbeck, Chris Pickett, Sandi Pierantozzi, Brenda Quinn, Beau Raymond, Ashley Roberts, Lindsay Rogers, Audrey Rosulek, Cheyenne Chapman Rudolph, Nigel Rudolph, Deborah Schwartzkopf, Sam Scott, Yoko Sekino-Bove, Leland Shaw, Amy Smith, Liz Smith, Shawn Spangler, Amelia Stamps, Josh Stover, Roy Strassberg, Sue Tirrell, Ehren Tool, Kyla Toomey, Jack Troy, and a collaboration between Simon Levin and Amy Smith.

I hope you enjoy the exhibition!
Charlie Cummings

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