Asian Ceramics Collection featured in Museum Exhibit at Chico State

Jan 21, 2016 10:07 PM by Linda Watkins-Bennett

A new exhibit called "Fired Earth: Beauty and Tradition in Asian Ceramics" opens next week at the Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology at Chico State.

It is dedicated to the University's Behrick pottry collection, which encompasses 120 pieces ... including a variety of rare pieces from China, Korea and Japan. The exhibit spans 2,000 years ... dating back to the time when making the world's finest porcelain was a carefully guarded Chinese secret.

In addition to pottery, kimonos from Matsumi Toku's personal collection and the tools required for calligraphy from Robert Benner's collection are also featured in the exhibit.

The exhibition fuses the traditional museum experience with the hostorical contest of an anthropological museum. The public is invited to the grand opening on Wednesday, January 27th at 4:30 p.m.

The Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology is located in the Meriam Library Complex on the Chico State campus.

It is free to visit and is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. K-12 classroom and special group tours are also available by calling (530) 898-5397.


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