Associate Professor Eleni Hasaki (Anthropology and Classics) was recently awarded a Confluencenter Director’s Fund for Excellence grant from the Confluencenter for Creative Inquiry to host an interdisciplinary colloquium on the technological choices of potters in the ancient Mediterranean with an emphasis on Greek antiquity. The colloquium, titled “As the Wheel Turns: Potters’ Communities in Ancient Greece and the Mediterranean,” focuses on the technical challenges that the potters’ communities of practice encountered while forming a clay vessel or building a clay sculpture. Even ancient philosophers held the potter’s expertise with mastering forming skills in the highest regard. Mediterranean test cases cover a wide chronological and geographical scope from the prehistoric Aegean to Roman times and are complemented with presentations by ceramic artists in Tucson, thus providing a panoramic view of the potters’ communities and their shared traditions across the millennia. The participants (faculty, students, and ceramic artists) represent a wide range of disciplines from Classics and Anthropology to Philosophy, Studio Art, and Art History, and come from both the University of Arizona and other institutions. The colloquium consists of lectures, demonstrations of wheel-forming on traditional-style wheels, and displays of Mediterranean ceramics from the collections at the Arizona State Museum and the University of Arizona Museum of Art. The colloquium will take place on November 6, 9:00 am-5:00 pm at the Silver and Sage Room, Old Main at the University of Arizona. For a full schedule of the colloquium, a flier, and a list of additional sponsors, please click here.
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