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Springfield Museums, EXHIBIT: Beyond Function

June 21 - July 21

Opens June 21! Who says that form must follow function? The objects in the Beyond Function exhibit are gleaned from the collection of Donald Clark, a connoisseur of ceramics. Clark, whose Springfield home is filled to the brim with works in clay, is an avid and thoughtful collector. The objects in his care span decades and include many artists—both renowned and emerging. “This is a teaching collection,” Clark said. “It shows the breadth of contemporary ceramics and it explores in depth the progress of several people whose work caught my attention.”

The aesthetic of the objects follow several threads of visual, conceptual, and philosophical interest. The collection, as represented at the Springfield Museums, allows discerning eyes to see ways in which the art of working with clay has meandered as it has progressed from a teapot being simply a teapot to the heightened art of a teapot as a work of sculpture.

Varying in scale, shape, and color, the contemporary ceramics on view in Beyond Function represent different modes of creation that are thoughtful, vibrant, and artful. The display encourages visitors to consider the relationship between form and function; to compare shapes and glazes; to consider the master-apprentice relationship that is crucial to the development of this art form; and to enjoy the beauty of these spectacularly made pieces.

June 21 through September 2.


June 21
July 21


Springfield Museums
21 Edwards Street
Springfield, MA 01103
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