In late November of 2018, I had the opportunity to travel out to Omaha to tour the Kaneko Center and meet the iconic Jun Kaneko. His story is made up of equal parts of unstoppable determination, vision, boundless imagination and serendipity. Born in 1942 in Nagoya, Japan during WWII, his artistic talents started to emerge through impressive drawings that he fashioned in his free time while in high school. Jun resisted the strict structure of traditional Japanese education. His mother (a dentist by day, and a painter by night) recognized his self-driven passion to be creative and arranged to have him study painting with Satoshi Ogawa. Read More
Summertime is a great time to travel and we hope that if you are out and about in New York you will come to visit us in the beautiful Hudson Valley. We like to travel too and it is fun to mix travel with the opportunity to visit schools we do business with and our customers.
Jim and I visited the Museum of Art and Design last week to see the exhibition Voulkos: The Breakthrough Years. Although Peter Voulkos died in 2002, he left a lasting impression on all who knew him.
Oh, the power of beautiful things! Most of mine offer something of the human heart and the human hand that remind me of the mysterious and beautiful nature of creativity itself. I find joy in having these beautiful things in my life.
Jim and I were excited when we received an invitation to the opening of the Alfred Ceramic Art Museum on October 28. About a hundred and fifty people gathered in this impressive newly opened building designed by the architecture firm Kallmann, McKinnell and Wood of Boston. Within the spacious, light-filled museum was a small portion of the University's enormous ceramic collection in a show called Core Sample.