May 6 to Jun 26

Opening Reception: May 6, 6 – 8 pm

From clichéd and mundane floral decoration to images that capture moments of ephemeral beauty, flowers are laden with symbolic and cultural significance. Leaves, fruit, flowers, and vines are found on ceramic vessels on every continent across the millennia. They symbolize love, reproduction, and death—the essentials of life. Florilegium will explore floral imagery in contemporary ceramics through the work of artists who use flowers both decoratively and conceptually. Curated by Ursula Hargens, the exhibition will include artists: Joan Bruneau, Guy Michael Davis and Katie Parker, Rain Harris, Rebecca Hutchinson, Jae Won Lee, Kate Maury, and Julie Moon.

Related Educational Events

Artist-in-Residence, Rebecca Hutchinson:
Hutchinson worked in residence from April 28 – May 1, working on a new, site-specific installation. Gallery doors were open on Sunday, May 1, from 12 to 3 pm, to view the installation in progress. 

Joan Bruneau Workshop:
Bruneau joined us on Thursday, May 5, for a daylong demonstration of her techniques, from 10 am – 4 pm, including an artist talk at 1 pm.  This event was free and open to the public.

Special Presentation:
AAH29: Saturday, June 11; Limit 15 participants Presentation: 1 – 2 pm; Hands-on Workshop 2 – 3 pm

Kathy Allen gave a presentation, followed by a one-hour, tile-decorating workshop, utilizing the maiolica process. Allen discussed the definition and history of florilegia and brought two volumes of The Highgrove Florilegium, a tome from 2008–09, depicting plants from Prince Charles’ garden at Highgrove in Gloucestershire. These large-scale books feature prints from the best botanical painters in the world. 

Kathy Allen is director of the Andersen Horticultural Library (AHL), located at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. She has held positions as Plant Sciences Librarian at the University of Minnesota; agriculture librarian in Malawi, Africa; and library consultant in Washington, D.C. Kathy is an active member and past president of the Council on Botanical & Horticultural Libraries. 

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Related Resources

Joan Bruneau's website: joanbruneau.com
An interview with Joan Bruneau
Guy Michael Davis & Katie Parker's website: futureretrieval.com
Future Retrieval, a blog by Guy Michael Davis & Katie Parker
Blog by Guy Michael Davis
An interview with Future Retrieval
Rain Harris' website: rainharris.com
Rebecca Hutchinson's website: rebeccahutchinson.com
American Craft Magazine Article by Rick Newby, "Gesture of Place"
Jae Won Lee's website: jaewonlee.net
Kate Maury's website: katemaury.com
The Potters Cast with Kate Maury
Ceramic Arts Daily Presents, a short process video with Kate Maury
Julie Moon's website: juliemoon.com
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