Peaked Cup on Base

Peaked Cup on Base
Society for Contemporary Craft

 Through December 29th
Various times

There is nothing quite like sipping a steaming cup of coffee or hot cocoa from your favorite mug, or enjoying homemade soup in your best bowl. This is the concept behind Crafted, setting up shop on Friday, October 24th, at Society for Contemporary Craft (SCC).

Kicking off the holiday shopping season, SCC’s Crafted exhibition will remain on view through December 29th.

Artisan fare and tableware will come together when SCC opens it doors inviting the public to join in a celebration of craftsmanship, community and cuisine. Equal parts fundraiser (more of a “friendraiser,” according to SCC staff) and art exhibition, the event also makes the opening of the new exhibition, Crafted, at the Strip District-based venue. If you’re ready just say no to disposable plastic containers and processed foods—or if you’ve ever stopped to consider the many ways that artists interpret the seemingly simple cup—then Crafted is for you. Pairing handcrafted cups and cocktails, Crafted showcases the form, function and fabulousness of homemade tableware.

An annual event and exhibition that pairs handcrafted food with handmade functional ceramics, Crafted also encourages visitors to reflect on the relationship between the food we consume and the objects that hold it. Eating and drinking are a major part of everyday life, yet are often treated as mundane routines of necessity rather than creative culinary experiences. Exploring connections between makers and users, between producers and consumers, Crafted invites attendees to take a break from today’s frantic world of microwave dinners and take-out containers and slow down to experience the ritual of dining via artisan made food and tableware.

This year’s Crafted exhibit will showcase artisan-crafted mugs, cups and tumblers by leading artists from all around the US. Featured objects include everything from intricately carved porcelain to earthy wood-fired stoneware. More than 200 unique cups will be showcased, and all of the cups exhibited will be available for purchase. Prices for the cups, which come in a variety of shapes and sizes, range from $25 to $200.

Artifacts of potters’ and cermacists’ hard-working hands, the cups featured at SCC are all enriched by usage over time. Each sip from a cup adds to the vessel’s history. In turn, these cups become vessels not only for the drinks contained, but also for the experiences and memories of their usage. At SCC, functional handmade wares are elevated as objects that are simultaneously beautiful artistic pieces, as well as usable goods that can enhance daily life.

Tickets for Crafted include artisanal food and drink by local favorite, Bar Marco, which attendees are invited to enjoy out of the cups they purchase from the exhibition. Purchase tickets.

Greg Cochonet, Peaked Cup on Base, porcelain and stoneware, 2013.

Jennifer Baron

Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator...