St. Louis, MO
Ramen has become an international food sensation with hundreds of cult shops popping up around the globe. There is an infinite variety of noodles, broths, and toppings that one can choose from. There have been serious debates over authenticity, origins, and proper ways to eat this dish. At the center sits the Ramen Bowl, a simple ceramic vessel of humble beginnings, simple markings and glazes, but with careful consideration to shape, size, and rim, that allows one to intimately inhale the aroma and slurp away with chopsticks and a deep spoon. Let’s honor the Ramen Bowl!
Featuring invited artists: Dan Anderson, Blair Clemo, Linda Christianson, Brett Freund, Randy Johnston, Nina Lalli, Beth Lo, Lee Love, Warren MacKenzie, Ron Meyers, Malinda Reich, Suzanne Marie Sullivan.
Kiku Obata is founder of Kiku Obata & Company, a design studio based in St. Louis and London. The firm undertakes a diverse range of work in the fields of art, culture, commerce, and the public realm. She is a graduate of Stanford University, a trustee of the Whitaker Foundation, and a board member of Shakespeare Festival St. Louis and Laumeier Sculpture Park. She has collected ceramics for years and LOVES ramen.
Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website