Artstream Ceramic Library

This month, we have quite a few well-traveled visitors in the department; 29, to be specific. The Artstream Ceramic Library has generously loaned us their collection of cups to be variously used by the students and displayed in the Ken Ferguson Collection—thanks, guys! In many ways, the ACL is an extension of the Artstream Nomadic Gallery, which is just what it sounds like: a mobile gallery housed in an Airstream trailer. Alleghany Meadows founded the project in 2002, and with its success, he and a group of other ceramic artists eventually conceived of the idea for the Library, which began in 2009.

The ACL states its mission as being “to connect contemporary functional ceramics with ordinary people. Similar in structure to a literature-based library, the Ceramic Library loans out unique handmade cups made by thirteen nationally-known potters, for a period of seven days.”


Coffee or tea? Sophomores enjoy their cups in the Collection Room.

We’re on board to call the project a success! The students are enthusiastic about interacting with the cups, a setup which has allowed them to become familiar with prominent workers in the field of ceramics.