For tens of thousands of years, humans have turned clay into vessels for the food that sustains them. Communities are historically identified by the way they form and decorate these objects. From plates to teacups, the ceramic objects on view are used for serving, storing, and carrying food and water. They also reveal our attitudes toward food, dining, and dinnerware.
Sustain: Clay to Table celebrates this creative and historical process by presenting preeminent contemporary handcrafted tableware by sixteen nationally recognized ceramic artists. UNF professors Stephen Heywood and Trevor Dunn invited these North American artists to create place settings and tableware that best exhibit their understanding of materials, process, function, and design. Through these creations, each artist carries on the traditions of the past that continue to sustain the future.
Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website.