The New York Ceramic and Glass Fair hits the Big Apple on Jan. 21, and it's poised to bring together works by global exhibitors, but also highlight an Alice in Wonderland-themed loan exhibition from the Czech Center New York and programming that delves into the art of ceramics and glass.
It’s Always Teatime in Wonderland, this year’s loan exhibition, will be on view at the Bohemian National Hall (at 321 East 73 Street) for the duration of the show—Jan. 21 through Jan. 25. It features Czech and Slovak designers who use everyday objects to re-create and reimagine the world of fairytales and fantasy. The exhibition combines established designers, such as Jakub Berdych, Radka Kovacikova, Vera Pankova and Maxim Velcovsky, with an emerging younger generation of artists making their U.S. debut: Kristyna Bratrankova, Lucie Kovacikova, Jolana Sornerova, Helena Tapajnova and Hana Vinklarkova.
Pricky Melons by Lee Gallery & Studio, fair exhibitor
The exhibition is inspired by the story of Alice in Wonderland and Alice’s encounter with the March Hare, the Mad Hatter and Dormouse, all of whom are perpetually having tea, asking unanswerable riddles, swapping seats and reciting nonsensical poetry.
“The surrealistic moment of suspended time in Wonderland inspired the selection of the objects for this show,” said curator Kristyna Milde of the Czech Center. “I was searching for objects that retold stories from folk traditions, literature, fairytales and childhood memories. Since the world of fantasy is ephemeral and hard to grasp, fragile materials like ceramic and glass allow the stories to be captured in time in a similar way.”
Porcelain Wine Cooler by Polly Latham Asian Art Inc, fair exhibitor
Meg Wendy, who with Liz Lees coproduces the New York Ceramics and Glass Fair, agreed. “We are delighted to showcase the artistry and craftsmanship of the contemporary Czech ceramists and are pleased to introduce them to a new audience,” she shared.
As an accompaniment, the New York Ceramics and Glass Fair is also offering a series of insightful lectures that are free and open to the public. Topics range from “Ceramics Figures as a Reflection of 18th- and 19th-Century Society” to “I’m So Fancy: Young Artists Take On Historical Ceramics.”
Golden Years by Chen Yan Arts, fair exhibitor
One highlight of this year’s lecture series is the discussion event between interior designer Ronald Bricke and design history instructor Judith Gura. The pair will discuss how Bricke incorporates ceramics into the residences of his top clientele, while noted design historian Terry Ryan will present a survey of the most celebrated pieces of this generation. The presentation takes place at 11 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 23.
For a complete schedule of events, visit the website. Show hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 21 through Saturday, Jan. 24, and 11 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 25. General admission, which includes a fair catalogue, is $20.