Hand Made: Contemporary Craft in Ceramic, Glass, and Wood
The first exhibition in the newly renovated Balcony Gallery, Hand Made features highlights of the three most significant studio craft movements of the last 70 years: ceramic, glass, and wood. The new Balcony Gallery’s floor-to-ceiling, glass-fronted casework presents 65 handmade objects integrated thematically to reveal interrelationships in form and technique across media. More than half of the objects on view are new to the museum’s collection; not to be missed are recent acquisitions in contemporary turned wood as well as major promised gifts from the Deena and Jerome Kaplan collection.
The celebration of craft extends beyond the Balcony Gallery to the adjacent Hall of Sculpture Balcony, the Ailsa Mellon Bruce Galleries, and the Scaife Foyer, where another two dozen works of contemporary craft and studio furniture are on view. New highlights include a figure and a charger by noted ceramist Viola Frey, a double rocking chair by legendary furniture maker Sam Maloof, and a whimsical Monkey Settee by Judy Kensley McKie.
This exhibition is organized by Rachel Delphia, associate curator of decorative arts and design.
Major support for the renovation and reinstallation of the Balcony Gallery was provided by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Tom Corbett, Governor, as well as the Henry Luce Foundation, The Fellows of Carnegie Museum of Art, and the Henry L. Hillman Fund. Support also was provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Windgate Charitable Foundation, and The Decorative Arts and Design Forum of Carnegie Museum of Art.